A compact answer for steam sterilisation

Spirax Sarco has launched a ‘clean steam generator’, designed specifically to deliver a consistent and reliable sterilisation process for reusable equipment in healthcare applications.

The company said: “Using steam is a simple, fast, and safe way to disinfect reusable equipment, but to be as effective as possible, and reduce the potential risk of wet packs or extended sterilisation cycle times, a continuous supply of high-quality clean and dry steam is required. The most effective way to reduce disruptions that result from wet packs and wet loads is to consider generating such steam through a Clean Steam Generator system (CSG). By establishing a dedicated clean supply when utilising a CSG system within the sterilisation process, healthcare facilities can better control the quality of their steam supply to the autoclaves.”

Compliant with major European and international standards, the  Spirax Sarco Clean Steam Generator System has been specifically developed for sterilisation applications, ‘delivering repeatable high quality steam in accordance with EN 285 under a wide variety of operating conditions’. The clean steam is produced by using plant steam as the primary heating medium, which then boils the clean water via a U-tube heat exchanger. Chemical-free feedwater enters the generator via an integrated pressurised deaerator that delivers enhanced performance in the removal of non-condensable gases. The dryness of the clean steam produced exceeds the minimum value of 95% outlined in EN 285.

Supplied as an assembled package, and ready to install with all necessary controls and safety devices, the system is controlled and optimised using a PLC control and touchscreen interface.

Angelo Giambrone, Spirax Sarco’s Healthcare Business Development manager, said: “The aim is that sterilisation must be right first time, every time, to safeguard patient health and ensure that sterile services operations run as smoothly as possible. Through using steam engineering best practice, and working closely with the healthcare industry, we have successfully developed a new compact solution specific to the healthcare market. Extensive testing and in- depth market research have enabled us to develop a solution that will deliver reliable and consistent steam quality to sterilisation departments at all times.”

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