An experienced veterinary technician gives tips on how to get the most from your Andersen Sterilizer.
Less than 2 min each.
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Andersen Sterilizers Vet Tech Tips Video Series
Have You Outgrown Your Sterilization Solution?
Have you outgrown your Anprolene? In this Vet Tech Tips episode Jacklyn Phillips, RVT, and Maria Zink, Andersen sales manager, talk about the EOGas 4 with it’s 3-hour exposure cycle and the EOGas 310 that allows you to run up to six loads independently.
This post is one of a series. Scroll down to browse through more like it or skip to: How Andersen Sterilizers Work | Myths about EO Toxicity | What is Ethylene Oxide? | EO Area Monitoring | Batteries & Electronics | 12- and 24-Hour Cycles | Replacing Your Purge Probe | Emissions & Abators | Why use EO for Metal Instruments? | Sterilization Wrapping Materials & Shelf Life | What if I drop an EO ampoule? | Humidity, it Matters! | EO Indicators & Integrators | Work Smarter, Not Harder
How Andersen’s Flexible Chamber Sterilizers Work with EO
Have you ever been curious how Andersen’s sterilizers actually use ethylene oxide to sterilize?
In this Vet Tech Tips episode Jacklyn Phillips, RVT, and Maria Zink, Andersen sales manager, discuss the all “magic” going on behind your sterilizer’s closed door.
Debunking Myths about Ethylene Oxide Toxicity
Since this is a little known fact, people often assume that EO is the most dangerous.
Jacklyn Phillips, RVT, and Maria Zink, Andersen sales manager, give perspective on EO toxicity compared to other common chemicals and show how to use both personal and work space monitors to ensure EO is being used properly.
What is Ethylene Oxide?
We talk about it all the time here at Andersen Sterilizers – it’s what makes our sterilizers work, after all – but EO or EtO is a huge topic, so we’ll just talk about it in the context of your sterilizer. Jacklyn Phillips, RVT, and Maria Zink, Andersen sales manager, hit all the highlights!
EO Area Monitoring
How do you ensure your Andersen sterilizer is ventilating appropriately? Just like with any other chemical in the workplace – area and personnel monitoring, of course! On this Vet Tech Tips episode Jacklyn Phillips, RVT, talks through how to use the AN94 Vapor-Trak monitoring badges – which are sent to a third party lab for analysis with a convenient postage-paid mailer.
Batteries & Electronics
Did you know you can sterilize batteries and electronics? On this Vet Tech Tips episode Jacklyn Phillips, RVT, talks about how and why – they are entering your sterile field, after all!
12- and 24-Hour Cycles
How do you choose between a 12- or 24-hour exposure cycle on your Anprolene sterilizer? On this Vet Tech Tips episode Jacklyn Phillips, RVT, will bring in sales manager and resident expert, Maria Zink, to talk through when you would choose the 24-hour “power cycle” and if there’s ever a need for two EO gas ampoules.
Replacing Your Purge Probe
So you just got your new purge probe in the mail. Now what?! On this Vet Tech Tips episode Jacklyn Phillips, RVT, will walk you through how to replace the purge probe on your Andersen Anprolene sterilizer. Don’t worry, it’s a snap, once you know the trick!
Emissions & Abators
On this Vet Tech Tips episode Jacklyn Phillips, RVT, will bring in sales manager and resident expert, Maria Zink, to talk about ethylene oxide emissions abatement and demonstrate how easy it is to connect your Andersen sterilizer to our abator.
Our systems are recognized for using a microdose of ethylene oxide and our emissions fall well below all federal guidelines. If you choose to abate, we have that option for you.
Why use EO for Metal Instruments?
Autoclaves are perfect for metal, right? On this Vet Tech Tips episode, Jacklyn Phillips, RVT, gives two you may consider ethylene oxide over your autoclave for metal sharps.
Sterilization Wrapping Materials & Shelf Life
On this Vet Tech Tips episode Jacklyn Phillips, RVT, will answer one of the questions we get asked the most – what is the shelf life of items after sterilization? As you may have guessed based on the title, shelf life is determined based on wrapping materials.
Ethylene Oxide’s ability to penetrate wrapping materials, leaving a barrier between the sterilized instrument and the outside world is one of the major benefits of the method.
What if I drop an EO ampoule?
On this Vet Tech Tips episode Jacklyn Phillips, RVT, will discuss what to do if you ever accidentally break an ethylene oxide (EO) ampoule.
Humidity, it Matters!
Did you know humidity can be a key factor in EO sterilization cycle success or failure? On this Andersen Sterilizers Vet Tech Tips episode Jacklyn Phillips, RVT, will discuss the role humidity plays and how to ensure proper relative humidity during the sterilization cycle.
EO Indicators & Integrators
How can you see at a glance if a pack has been processed or not? More importantly, how can you be sure a cycle has been successful? On this Andersen Sterilizers Vet Tech Tips episode Jacklyn Phillips, RVT, will discuss ethylene oxide (EO) gas indicators and integrators, how we use them and why we need them.
Work Smarter, Not Harder
On this Andersen Sterilizers Vet Tech Tips episode Jacklyn Phillips, RVT, will discuss how separating your absorbent and non-absorbent items and being strategic with your 12- and 24-hour sterilization cycles can save you time!
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