Sterilisation

What is sterilisation?

Sterilisation is the decontamination of an environment to ensure that no biohazards are present. It involves using diverse methods to eliminate and destroy all microorganisms in order to prevent biohazards affecting any stakeholders in the environment.

Some organisations will regularly deep clean their rooms, warehouses and transport vehicles in order to keep them hygienic. However, there are many highly resistant microorganisms that are not treated by low-level chemical decontamination processes. They require specialist hygiene solutions to eliminate.

How is comprehensive decontamination completed?

Our sterilisation process involves the use of hydrogen peroxide vapour to eliminate and destroy even the most resistant microorganisms. We are able to treat Norovirus, staphylococcus, CPE infection, CRT infection and MRSA.

Hydrogen peroxide is extremely effective at killing microorganisms, and is ideal for the decontamination of hospital waste, attaining trauma cleanup certification, industrial hygiene, commercial hygiene, and sterilisation of the most sensitive clinical environments.

We are often called to operating theatres, post-operative care wards, and preoperative care wards when there is the suspicion of an impending superbug outbreak. If you are anxious about the hygiene of your environment, then get in touch now and our decontamination experts will come to you to complete a thorough contamination process.

Sterilisation and sterility assurance levels

When the sterilisation process has taken place stability assurance is completed. This ensures that management knows exactly what level of decontamination has occurred, and whether the potential risks of a biohazard have been eliminated.

Sterility assurance levels are measured in log reductions. One log reduction means that 90% of microorganisms have been eliminated or destroyed. This is not the same as saying that there was a 90% chance of sterilisation having occurred. In this scenario there is a 0% chance of sterilisation.

At Bio Decon decontamination we use a 6 log reduction as a basis for stating that an environment is sterile. This is the level that is used in the medical industry, and denotes that there is a one in 1 million chance of a microorganism surviving the sterilisation process.

How do you complete a sterilisation process?

The sterilisation process that is completed in a project depends on what is to be sterilised, size of the area, and the access available. For example, when we go to outdoor terrorist incidents and there are blood hazards, we are not always able to quarantine to the extent that we could in an indoor setting. We therefore try to minimise the amount of airborne hydrogen peroxide, and will ensure that people are a long way from the stage.

When we work in hospitals we tend to use hydrogen peroxide sterilisation equipment, which deploys a vapour of hydrogen peroxide into the atmosphere, and therefore touches everything including fabrics, behind equipment, and under beds. This is a highly effective way to ensure that every area of space is reached.

The chemical formula of hydrogen peroxide is H202. Over the hours following the deployment of hydrogen peroxide it loses the second oxygen molecule, and therefore becomes water. This is a fantastic characteristic of hydrogen peroxide, as you are left with no hazardous chemicals at all.

Talk to our sterilisation experts

If you have a hospital hygiene, industrial hygiene or commercial hygiene situations that require sterilisation then get in touch today and our experts will talk you through the steps that we will take. A decontamination process is thorough and is excellent for all types of infection control and superbug outbreaks, and ensures that you follow industry advice and guidelines and remain fully compliant in terms of hygiene standards.

Regular scheduled sterilisation processes

At Bio Decon we work closely as partners with management teams in hospitals, law enforcement agencies, pharmaceutical companies, healthcare organisations and with the MoD to deliver regular, scheduled sterilisation processes in key locations of their facilities. We help to plan and manage the hygiene process so that biohazard risk is minimised.

Emergency on-call sterilisation

If you have an emergency situation, or need trauma cleanup certification, then get in touch on 01904 405 959. Our speed of response is as fast as any in the industry, and we have a framework to work to when we arrive to ensure that things get moving fast.

Following the completion of the sterilisation process we can provide you with peace of mind in minutes by running enzyme indicator tests which test for the presence of microorganisms.This is a much faster process than most of our competitors who use biological indicators, and therefore need to grow microorganism cultures in a laboratory. This process can take several days.

If you’re looking for a company that can deliver fast sterilisation of any environment, has a long list of successfully completed sterilisation projects, and will ensure the safety of your staff, then get in touch today.

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