Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. Use only Tyvek pouches and SMS wraps. These materials provide the best sterile barriers for your instruments and allow the sterilant gases to easily pass through. Download the Recommended Pouches and Wraps document for more information. 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.
Linen or cotton towels and drapes CAN NOT be sterilized with the V10 Air Plasma Sterilizer. Since the Air Plasma Sterilization™ process does not utilize high pressure or vacuum, penetration of dense substrates like towels and drapes is limited.
Yes. The V10 system may be used to sterilize small stacks of gauze. It is recommended that stacks of gauze be no higher than 2 inches, and should be 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 V10 system. Additional tape can be purchased here when required.
Biological indicators (BIs) are used to test if the sterilizer meets the standards required for sterilization. They do not need to be used in every cycle but should be used periodically to validate the sterilization efficacy of the device. 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. The V10 Air Plasma Sterilizer can be used at any location where a power outlet rated for 110-120 VAC, 50/60 Hz is available. The sterilizer draws a maximum current of 6.5 amps, so an inverter rated for 800 watts or higher can also be used in remote locations using battery power.
Stainless-steel instruments, lumen, gauze, and many plastics and elastomers can be sterilized with the V10 Air Plasma Sterilizer. Download the Material Compatibility document to learn more about what can be sterilized in the device. To learn more about the Air Plasma Sterilization™ process, click here.
Yes. The device will alert the user 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 cycles.
The catalyst canister must be replaced every 200 cycles. The desiccant canister must be replaced every 50-75 cycles, depending on the relative humidity in your location. The touchscreen will alert the user when it is time to replace the catalyst or desiccant canister. DO NOT preemptively replace the catalyst or desiccant canisters to help ensure the maximum usable life for each canister.