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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 108-110

Comparing sterilization efficacy and cost implications of various gas-based sterilization methods used in a Central Sterile Supply Department: A short review

Department of Microbiology, Tata Medical Center, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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Mr. Debabrata Basu
Tata Medical Center, 14, Major Arterial Road (EW), New Town, Kolkata - 700 156, West Bengal
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jacm.jacm_1_18

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Low-temperature sterilisation basically depends on four types of sterilisation systems, i.e. gamma irradiation, Ethylene oxide sterilisation, Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and steam Formaldehyde sterilisation. The article has been described on the basis of these low-temperature sterilisation systems with their infrastructural ease, regulatory requirements, cycle time, sterilisation efficacy, safety features and cost. In our experience, the H2O2-based sterilisation system is superior over the other methods due to its easy installation and cycle time that helps to perform more procedure in a day and reduces infection by providing terminal sterilisation (ready-to-use) processes. Besides due to the short cycle time of the H2O2 steriliser, it requires fewer inventories and saves cost to the management in the long run.

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