If you have medical devices, materials or
"widgets" that you just want sterilized for in-house
use, research and development and/or animal use (not for human
use), you can use our exposure only option--nothing
could be simpler. Just call our staff, and we will generate
a service agreement. Our process
request form is available for downloading under the
forms and new
clients tab. This form must be completed and
submitted with your devices. Most
devices that arrive at our facility are packaged for
sterilization the same day. They
are sterilized overnight and removed from sterilization
the following morning. Your devices will be packaged in
the same box they were submitted in and picked up by a
shipping courier the same day. You get to choose the
method of shipping. You can use your own FedEx or UPS
account, or use ours. We do not include any handling
fees--just the courier quoted rate.
We use the patented Andersen
EOGas process where very small amounts of sterilant are used to
sterilize small to mid-sized volume loads. Unlike traditional
chambers, where an entire 696 cubic foot (12 pallet) chamber is
filled with Ethylene Oxide, our process uses multiple "micro"
chambers, each measuring only 1 to 1¼ cubic feet in volume. This
allows us to process a single device in our sterilizer and only charge the "micro"
chamber price. Each chamber is loaded with its own Ethylene Oxide
gas cartridge; this way there is no waste when smaller loads are
processed. Furthermore, each chamber can be loaded into the
sterilizer at different times, giving us increased flexibility when
loads are processed. It is this function that allows us to decrease
our fees and our turnaround times.
standard process includes placement and removal /incubation
of biological indicators, as well as immediate gas dose monitoring.
Each sterilization bag generates six (6) pages of quality control
documentation; the same as our validated processes. Even though the
exposure only cycles are the same as our validated cycles, the lack
of validation documentation (in most cases) makes this option
unsuitable for devices intended for human use. Exposure ONLY cycles
are typically used for clinical animal studies, biocompatibility
testing, laboratory testing and anytime where devices are not