Save Water, Energy and Money

When assessing the true operational costs of different sterilization methods, factors such as energy and water consumption, in addition to the utilisation of consumables such as sterilant, should be considered.1

In order to gain an understanding of the resource use associated with different sterilization modalities and the resulting economic impact, a comparison study was conducted to analyse the energy and water consumption of three STERRAD™ Systems and one traditional steam-based sterilizer over a 24-hour period.1

The results showed that, compared with the steam sterilization, use of STERRAD™ systems could lead to:

Reduced Water Consumption

Use of STERRAD™ Systems could save up to 180 litres of water per year, compared with steam sterilization.1

Reduced Energy Consumption

Compared with an autoclave steam sterilizer, STERRAD™ systems use up to 87% less energy to process a reference daily workload.1

Reduced Costs

As a result of reduced energy and water consumption, STERRAD™ systems could save up to 8,800 euros per year per sterilizer.1

STERRAD Systems could therefore lead to reductions in resource use and economic savings, in addition to facilitating safe and effective sterilization of medical devices, and therefore potential to playing a critical role in preventing the incidence of surgical site infections and ensuring patient safety.1-3


  1. Advanced Sterilization Products. Assessment of Operating Costs Due to Energy and Water Use During Terminal Sterilization With STERRAD™ Systems Compared to a Steam Sterilizer. AD-160024-01-CT_C-MDR.

  2. Rutala WA, Gergen MF, Sickbert-Bennett EE, et al. Comparative evaluation of the microbicidal activity of low-temperature sterilization technologies to steam sterilization. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2020;41:391-395.

  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities. Low-Temperature Sterilization Technologies. 2008.



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