3M™ Steri-Vac™ Systems

For more than 30 years, the 3M™ Steri-Vac™ Sterilization System has been the most common and trusted method for broad use, low-temperature sterilization worldwide. Steri-Vac™ sterilizers use 100% ethylene oxide (EO), a method proven to be effective for sterilization of thermolabile and moisture-sensitive medical devices.
Low temperature sterilization of heat and moisture sensitive medical instruments and devices. Proven effectiveness for broad use.
Gas sterilizers Steri-Vac ™ 5XL and Steri-Vac ™ 8XL, that use 100% ethylene oxide (EO), are designed to provide today’s highest level of sterilization assurance by using time-tested EO technology that has proven to offer a safe, effective and economical solution valuable for many years.
Ethylene oxide is a highly penetrating sterilant that offers superior efficacy for complex instrumentation, such as flexible endoscopes, and is compatible with most device materials.
Standing the test of time
Gas sterilizers Steri-Vac™ systems have provided safe, effective sterilization for decades. In fact, over half of all heat or moisture sensitive medical devices, including manufactured devices, are sterilized with ethylene oxide.
In the healthcare market, there are a number of other low- and high- sterilizing technology. However, 3M Steri-Vac™ EO Systems are recognized as the gold standard of reliability and can solve complex problems.
Advantages:
  • Advantages:
    The 100% ethylene oxide (EO) sterilant used in systems Steri-Vac ™ is the most effective alternative to other low temperature sterilization substances due to its high penetrating power.
  • Safer for workers
    Unlike older mixed gas systems which operate at or above atmospheric pressure, Steri-Vac systems operate at a vacuum (ie, under negative pressure) in a locked chamber. Designed for operator safety, Steri-Vac™ Systems use easy-to-handle, sealed single dose 3M™ Steri-Gas™ EO cartridges, which are punctured inside the locked, negative pressure chamber only when proper chamber conditions are achieved.
  • Easier on instruments
    Ethylene oxide (EO) is gentler on device materials compared to oxidative sterilants, such as hydrogen peroxide. It helps to extend device life and reduce the need for repairs.
  • Environmental friendliness
    Ethylene oxide is a regulated material, meaning that procedures have been established for its safe, responsible use. The 3M™ Steri-Vac System provides a sustainable, responsible solution for the environment. The 3M EO Abator converts EO exhaust to CO2 and water vapor with a conversion efficiency of 99.9%*.
  • Economy
    The EO technology of Steri-Vac 5XL and 8XL systems provides a 2-4 times lower cost per sterilization cycle than either vaporized hydrogen peroxide or high level disinfection**. With large chambers and broad configuration options, Steri-Vac systems offer simple and cost-effective operation.
*When EO concentrations are greater than 100 ppm. When EO concentrations are less than 100 ppm, conversion efficiency is 99.0%
** « Sterilization and hospital infections ».
3M™ Steri-Vac™ Sterilizer/Aerator Model 8XL 3M™ Steri-Vac™ Sterilizer/Aerator Model 8XL is our largest capacity EO sterilizer. The extra-large chamber with a full-sized lower basket and two half-size upper baskets provides economical processing of large loads or larger surgical instruments. The model 8XL features a sensing system that continuously monitors and controls relative humidity during the pre-conditioning phase to optimize moisture required for the exposure cycle (two temperature cycles: 55°C and 37°C). Dependable computer controlled electronic design provides accuracy, and automatically stops the cycle and displays codes if an error is detected.
Additional Features:
  • Digital display continuously shows cycle status
  • Automatic cycle of aeration
  • Single unit-dose EO cartridge is punctured inside the locked, negative pressure chamber only when proper chamber conditions are achieved
  • - Continuous temperature monitoring automatically maintains the selected cycle temperature
  • Exterior dimensions cm – 179 х 94 W х 109 D
  • Chamber dimensions cm - 46 H х 51 W х 97 D
  • Chamber capacity – 224 liters
  • Cycle time (time without aeration)
    • Warm cycle of 55 ° C Approx. 3 hours 45 minutes.
    • Cool cycle 37 ° C Approx. 5 hours 30 minutes.
Options:
  • Single door or double door pass-through embodiment of the sterilization chamber.
3M™ Steri-Vac™ Sterilizer 5XL
The model 5XL is a dual-cycle EO gas sterilizer that allows to monitor and trace cycle operation. A single unit-dose EO cartridge is punctured inside the negative pressure chamber only when proper chamber conditions are achieved. Continuous tempreture monitoring maintains temperature of the selected cycle and automatically shuts off if the temperature exceeds setpoint.
Additional features:
  • Digital display continuously shows cycle status
  • Automatic aeration cycle
  • Relative humidity is monitored in the chamber during the precondition phase and prints out results
  • Exterior dimensions, cm: 70 H х 76 W х 89 D
  • Chamber dimensions, cm: 38 H х 43 Wх 83 D
  • Chamber capacity: 136 liters
  • Cycle time (time without aeration)
    • With additional hood:
      • Warm cycle 55° С Approx. 2 hours 45 minutes
      • Cool cycle 37° С Approx. 4 hours 45 minutes
    • Without additional hood:
      • Warm cycle 55° С Approx. 5 hours 45 minutes
      • Cool cycle 37° С Approx. 7 hours 45 minutes
Options:
  • Additional hood
  • Single door or double door pass-through embodiment of the sterilization chamber
Comparison:
5XL 8XL
Chamber capacity 136 l 224 l
Chamber dimensions, cm 38 H х 43 Wх 83 D 46 H х 51 W х 97 D
Possibility to install double door pass-through embodiment of the sterilization Yes Yes
Built-in printer Yes Yes
Function of the compulsory sterilization in the aeration chamber Yes Yes
Minimum time for mandatory aeration 1 hour (with additional hood)
3 hours (without additional hood)
1 hour
Automatic additional aeration in the sterilization chamber Yes Yes
Model of additional aerator XL, XLS Not provided
Acquisition with additional hood Supplied on request Included in the complete set
Ability to connect abator Yes Yes
3М™ Steri-Gas™ cartridges 4-100 8-170
Cycle time (time without aeration)
Without hood
At a temperature of 55° С 5 hours 45 minutes
At a temperature of 37° С 7 hours 45 minutes
With hood
At a temperature of 55° С 2 hours 45 minutes 4 hours 45 minutes
At a temperature of 37° С 3 hours 45 minutes 5 hours 30 minutes
Requirements for premises:
  • The volume of space 30 cubic meters;
  • Supply and exhaust ventilation with 10x air exchange;
  • Power cord: 220V, 15A (including abator 380V, 30A);
  • Compressed air supply line (Compressor)
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