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  • Is ethylene oxide banned in Europe?Ethylene oxide has been proven to significantly reduce microbial population of bacteria and molds in spices. However, the processed spices are characterized with aroma and color alterations and volatile compounds are lost because of the low...

    04-03 2020

  • How is ethylene oxide used for sterilization?Ethylene Oxide (EtO) is a common gas used for low temperature sterilization. It is a colorless, poisonous gas that attacks the cellular proteins and nucleic acids of microorganisms. It is most commonly used to sterilize instruments with lon...

    04-03 2020

  • How does ethylene oxide kill microbes?Ethylene oxide (EO) is the most commonly used agent in chemical sterilization. Because it is a gas, it rapidly penetrates packaging and items to be sterilized at temperatures tolerated by almost all materials. However, its use is limited by...

    04-02 2020

  • Why is ethylene oxide dangerous?Ethylene oxide can cause a wide variety of harmful health effects in exposed persons. In general, with higher levels of exposure to the chemical, more severe effects will occur. The major effects seen in workers exposed to ethylene oxide at...

    04-02 2020

  • Do hospitals use ethylene oxide?Ethylene oxide (EtO) gas sterilizers have been used by hospitals for over 40 years to sterilize surgical equipment and supplies that are heat sensitive or that cannot tolerate excessive moisture. However, in recent decades, EtO has been reco...

    04-02 2020

  • What devices are sterilized with ethylene oxide?Literature shows that about fifty percent of all sterile medical devices in the U.S. are sterilized with ethylene oxide. The types of devices that are sterilized with ethylene oxide range from devices used in general health care practices (...

    04-02 2020

  • Why Is Ethylene Oxide Used to Sterilize Medical Devices?Medical devices are sterilized in a variety of ways including using moist heat (steam), dry heat, radiation, ethylene oxide gas, vaporized hydrogen peroxide, and other sterilization methods (for example, chlorine dioxide gas, vaporized pera...

    04-01 2020

  • What are the Benefits of Ethylene Oxide Processing?*Materials sterilized with EO are not exposed to excessive heat, moisture, or radiation. Therefore, a wide variation of materials, particularly polymeric components commonly used in medical devices, can be sterilized with EO. Material compa...

    04-01 2020

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