EOSA - Promoting the safe use of Ethylene Oxide for Sterilization
Proper medical device sterilization is critical to patient care, and ethylene oxide is critical in medical device sterilization. Ethylene oxide is known as the most universal sterilant because it can be used for sterilization of almost all medical devices including plastic and heat sensitive materials. The same cannot be said for other technologies, such as heat sterilization, radiation or peroxide. Ethylene oxide is used to sterilize items that are essential for saving lives – including fiber optic endoscopes, surgical telescopes, ophthalmic instruments, speculas, syringes, anesthesia masks, catheters, respirators, inhalation supplies, and even surgical gowns, staplers, staples, and sutures. Please click here for more information on the benefits of ethylene oxide sterilization.
**SERIOUS FLAWS WITH RECENT REGULATORY ACTIVITY**
EOSA's position statement outlines serious flaws with the EPA's Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) assessment of ethylene oxide, and recently published federal reports.
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