Steam or Dry Heat Sterilization – How to choose?

Steam or Dry Heat Sterilization – How to choose?

03/22/2017, 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Meeting Room 4


Many new methods of sterilization have emerged in the market over the last 20 years. Autoclaving with steam continues to be the method of choice for most products, however, steam autoclaving is not a universal process. Many products that require sterilization simply cannot withstand the temperatures or the extremely high moisture conditions associated with steam. Therefore, processes such as dry heat, vaporized hydrogen peroxide, and even ethylene oxide gas have found their place in the market. The objective of this presentation is to explore the advantages and disadvantages of two of the most common processes that are used, steam autoclaving and dry heat. Where should one use either in preference over the other? To help answer this question, this presentation first describes how each process works and which application it is best suited for. Second, key selection elements such as productivity and total cost of ownership are compared.


  • Marcel Dion


    Director of Marketing


    Marcel Dion is Director of Marketing for Washing and Steam Sterilization Systems in the Life Sciences Division of STERIS Corporation. He was involved...


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Learning Objectives

  1. Learning Objectives 1. Learn about basic principles of sterilization for components used in the pharmaceutical industry 2. Identify the key differences between moist heat and dry heat sterilization processes 3. Develop the capacity to articulate the advantages and disadvantages of both approaches and identify the best process for a given application


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    Implementing Modularity and Speed in Facilities/Facilities Management

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