Steam penetration in thin-walled channels and helix shaped Process Challenge Devices

J.P.C.M. van Doornmalen Gomez Hoyos, K. Kopinga

Zentralsterilisation – Central Service 12/2015; 6:429-433.

Medical instruments with narrow channels are often sterilized in steam sterilization processes. Helix shaped Process Challenge Devices (PCDs) are used to mimic steam penetration in such medical devices. Little to no literature has been found indicating to which extent these devices correctly predict the steam penetration in medical instruments. The aim of the present study is to improve the understanding of steam penetration in narrow channels and helix shaped PCDs.

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