Gas Plasma is now readily available for clinics and small hospitals

Here are the top-10 things to know:

1. Hydrogen peroxide gas was used during the anthrax scare in 2003 for full-room sterilization.
H2O2 has been used since the 70s for sterilization to control and prevent disease outbreaks

2. H2O2 combined with plasma improves performance for low-temperature instrument reprocessing. Plasma-tech is used to remove residuals that remain on surfaces in the sterilization process as well as to make it completely safe for humans and the environment (off gassing clean oxygen). This makes vaporized hydrogen peroxide gas plasma the best alternative to ethylene oxide for instruments not suitable for steam autoclaves.

3. Gas plasma was first marketed in the US in 1993. However, due to cost and spatial limitations, the technology has primarily only been available to large hospitals for more than 30 years. Today there are options for small practices like veterinary, dental, and ophthalmology.

4. It’s really fast! H2O2 takes <10 seconds for a 1 log10 reduction in bacteria when sterilant is heated to 30° C. Advanced vaporization and plasma-technology further reduces cycle times for on-demand requirements. Plasmapp’s STERLINK® suite provides 7, 14, 18, and 36 minute cycles.

5. Gas Plasma kills everything from bacteria to influenza and has proven effective with prions.  Many studies on efficacy and gas plasma as an alternative to ethylene oxide (ETo) can be found online. The effectiveness combined with the flexibility provided due to the rapid cycle times, H2O2 sterilization can greatly improve overall infection control. 

6. Gas Plasma is safe for thousands of instruments. Large gas plasma manufacturers have spent years certifying instruments. The Plasmapp FAQ offers a category-level summary and ASP’s Sterility Guide provides details for hundreds of manufacturers.

7. The cycles are safe for humans and the environment. Plasma technology purifies the sterilization chamber and off gasses clean oxygen. Gas plasma also does not need to be aerated and requires no cooling time.

8. Modern solutions require little maintenance. Modern gas plasma is very “hands-off” in terms of maintenance and cloud-based tracking and remote issue monitoring addresses the majority of any issues that may arise. Plasmapp’s STERLINK® suite requires only 15 minutes of routine maintenance every 6 – 8 months. 

9. Few limitations. All instrument reprocessing options have limitations, especially low-temperature solutions, but H2O2 offers very few, which are cellulose, cotton, copper/brass, and moisture. It is important that moisture is removed as much as possible. Cellulose and cotton-based material will also absorb and convert the gas back into a liquid state. If you’re vigilant of these limitations then you will see many benefits for your practice.  

10. Cost effective solutions are now available for US clinics and small hospitals – check out Plasmapp’s STERLINK® Suite.

Let’s restart the conversation around H2O2 and plasma innovations for infection control. See Plasmapp at the upcoming Fetch DVM 360 conference in Kansas City to learn more about veterinary practice applications.

Our mission is to bring innovative and cost effective plasma-technologies to underserved medical and industrial markets.

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