Red Bag Solution sterilization technology (SSM) uses the scientific principal of steam sterilization. What makes the SSM different than steam sterilization in an autoclave is that all particles being sterilized in the SSM have been cut up into small pieces and are directly surrounded by superheated water and steam. In an autoclave a vacuum is drawn and a small amount of water is used to produce steam to penetrate materials that remain whole. Also in the SSM the particles are continuously circulating throughout the processing chamber, thus eliminating any “cold spots” that can occur in an standard autoclave.
There have been several white papers written over the years describing this weakness in the use of autoclaves for the sterilization of RMW. The RBS closed loop system solves this problem and ensures that all material is shredded and bathed in superheated water and is the only system known to guarantee sterilization of all processed material during every cycle.
RBS uses the FDA principle of “Equivalent minutes”. All cycles are processed for 30 equivalent minutes at 250°F (121°C). Since sterilization can occur at 15 minutes, RBS thus uses a “double kill” approach during its processing cycle to guarantee sterilization by elevating the temperature in the tank to in excess of 250°F. In the SSM technology sterilization does not start until the process temperature reaches 250°F.
Red Bag Solutions sterilization guarantee is as follows:
Bio-hazardous medical waste processed in the RBS’s SSM unit is sterilized to 10 log 6 reduction. In over 300,000 cycle tests using Geobacillus Stearothermophilus spore vials, there has not been a single incidence where a positive spore test indicated a non-sterilization result. Additionally, all processed waste, including liquid and sharps containers, are cut into small particles that are completely surrounded by superheated water and steam assuring all contents are sterilized equally.
The efficacy of the RBS SSM technology has been confirmed by independent third party laboratories and universities. Testing included Bacillus stearothermophilus spores, Mycobacterium phlei, Candida albicans, Staphylococcus aureus, Giardia Parasites and Polio virus type 1 (Sabin). In a blind studies, testing confirmed both the sterilization workings of the SSM technology and that the medium used in the testing process remained viable and supported growth. Thus, there were no living organisms present no matter the agent used. This allows any biological agent be processed in the SSM with complete confidence.