Types of sterilizers
Sterilization guarantees the elimination of germs, including spores, causing infection.
All instruments must be packed and sterilized to ensure that they are sterile at the point of use.
The reference standards for steam sterilizers are:
a. EN 13060 that defines requirements for manufacturing small steam sterilizers.
According to this standard, sterilizers are divided into 3 types:
- Type N sterilizers, intended for the sterilization of non-wrapped solid products.
- Type S sterilizers, intended for the sterilization of products specified by the manufacturer of the sterilizer.
- Type B sterilizers, intended for the sterilization of all types of load, such as porous, solid and hollow instruments both wrapped and double-wrapped.
Type B sterilizers, intended for the sterilization of all types of load, such as porous, solid and hollow instruments both wrapped and double-wrapped.
Type S sterilizers, intended for the sterilization of products specified by the manufacturer of the sterilizer.
The manufacturer of the sterilizer has determined what a particular cycle of the sterilizer can be used for, and has specified that information for the user in the IFU.
Type N sterilizers, intended for the sterilization of unwrapped solid instruments.
The N means None hollow and None wrapped (Naked solid items).
b. EN 285 that defines requirements for manufacturing big steam sterilizers.
c. ANSI/AAMI ST55 that is the North American standard for what concerns steam sterilization. According to this standard, sterilizers are divided into 2 types:
- gravity displacement
- dynamic air removal
Solid, Hollow, Porous
What is a
Products that are not made of porous material and do not have cavities e.g. burs, explorers, mirrors …
What is a
Products like textiles, surgical packs, wraps …
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