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Isotron using Air-O-Film® Stretch with Ethylene Oxide

Sterlising with Ethylene Oxide
Isotron use ethylene oxide (ETO) as one method of sterilisation. They find that the gas is a highly effective way to kill bacteria, mold, and fungi, ensuring that their bandages, sutures, and surgical implements are suitable for use.

The problem with solid film
In order to ensure that a load is 100% sterile the gas must be able to penetrate the pallet completely. A solid film prevents this from happening. However, allowing the gas to penetrate is just one part of the problem.

A real need for aeration
Although ethelyne oxide is an effective steriliser, it has a number of unpleasant characteristics. Not only is it fl ammable, it is also highly toxic and is actually classified as a carcinogenic. Trapped pockets of ethelyne oxide, no matter how small, could be potentially lethal, therefore it is critical that the gas be allowed to escape once it has done its job. A solid film actually hampers this, acting as a barrier during the flushing process.

The Solution: AiroOFilm Stretch.

Air-O-Film® Stretch solves all of Isotron’s problems. The level of aeration that it provides ensures that the ethylene oxide can effectively penetrate and then, once the load is sterilized, escape. Air-O-Film® Stretch was also fully compatible with their existing machinery and so making the switch from their existing fi lm couldn’t have been easier.


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