Hospital Acquired Infection (HAI)
Hospital-acquired infection (HAI) is a major concern for all health care providers. HAIs can be caused by a variety of transmission routes, which include infection acquired during surgery and transportation of infected items outside the OT through hospital corridors.
In fact, it has been reported that 26% of HAIs are as a result of surgical wound infection. The likelihood of micro organisms being present in the wound at the time of surgery is accepted as one of the key risk factors for surgical site infection. There has also been growing awareness of the added importance of drapes and gowns in the protection of the operating team. Single-use drapes and gowns are seen as a more effective measure than traditional textiles for minimizing the risk of contamination of the wound and / or the surgical team.
Sterilization is a term referring to any process that eliminates (removes) or kills all forms of microbial life, including transmissible agents (such as fungi, bacteria, viruses, spore forms, etc.) present on a surface, or in a compound such as biological culture media. Sterilization can be achieved by applying heat, chemicals, irradiation, high pressure, and filtration or combinations thereof. Our products are EtO (Ethylene Oxide) sterilized.
Ethylene Oxide Sterilization (EtO) : This process comprises of prepacked products being loaded into a specially designed chamber, exposing them to EtO under controlled conditions and unloading them from the sterilizer after aeration. This is an effective sterilant at low temperature with excellent penetration properties under controlled conditions. Being an effective sterilant it destroys all micro-organisms. Because of the chemical's low boiling point (10.7 deg C, ~51.3 deg F) it vaporizes and permeates rapidly through packaging and diffuses in medical products. The ability to treat items in sterilant-permeable packaging permits sterility maintenance as long as integrity of the packaging is maintained.