Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. Wraps and permeable pouches approved by the FDA for steam, ethylene oxide, and vaporized hydrogen peroxide sterilization cycles may be used with the PZ100 system. Please abide by the manufacturers recommendations for proper use of wraps and permeable pouches. Refer to the CDCs “Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities (2008)” document for proper sterilization and disinfection practices.
No. Towels and drapes should not be sterilized with the PZ100 system. Since the system is not pressurized, penetration of dense substrates like towels and drapes is limited.
Yes. The PZ100 system may be used to sterilize small stacks of gauze. It is recommended that stacks of gauze be no larger than 2 inches and loosely packed to ensure proper sterilization.
Yes. Instruments to be sterilized should be completely dry before beginning a sterilization cycle.
No. Only Air Plasma Indicator tape supplied with the device is compatible with the PZ100 system. Additional tape can be purchased separately as required.
Biological indicators (BIs) are used to test if the device performs to the standards required for sterilization. These do not need to be used in every cycle but should be used periodically to validate device performance. Please refer to the user manual for types of available BIs and their proper use. Refer to the CDCs “Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities (2008)” document for proper sterilization and disinfection practices.
Yes. This device is portable and can be connected to the dedicated 110V AC outlets in a vehicle. The device can also be powered from the 12V DC outlet in a vehicle using a suitable 400W or higher rated inverter.
No. The only component which needs to be replaced periodically is the plasma sheet (please refer to user manual for instructions). Seals for the cassette may be replaced if compromised as needed. No other part is serviceable by the user. Please do not attempt to do so as it may result in damage to the device and void the warranty.
Stainless-steel instruments, gauze, and many plastics and elastomers can be sterilized with the device. High levels of ozone and nitrogen dioxide produced during the sterilization cycle may oxidize some materials. For compatibility of specific materials, please check their ozone compatibility prior to sterilization.
Yes. The cassettes are replaceable/interchangeable and can be detached from the device console if needed. Additional cassettes are available for purchase separately.
Yes. The device will indicate if the plasma sheet is damaged or can no longer be used. The plasma sheet has a specific lifespan and should not be used beyond the recommended number of uses as this may damage the device and be a hazard to the user.