Sterilization Technologies for Medical Devices

Definition: The three primary methods for sterilizating medical devices include radiation, ethylene oxide and steam.  Device type, quantity to be sterilized and packaging are a few considerations for selecting the appropriate method.  Polymers used in the device components must also be considered, since some can degrade or diminish in functionality from the sterilization process.

Purpose: Provide an overview of the common sterilization methods used for medical devices and the impact of these methods on medical polymers.