Stryker Wins Emergency Authorization for Respirator Decontamination
The Sterizone VP4, designed to sterilize low temperature devices, is now approved to be used to decontaminate used N95 respirators. Image courtesy of Stryker.

Stryker has been granted emergency use authorization (EUA) by the FDA to use its Sterizone VP4 to decontaminate used N95 respirators during the coronavirus outbreak.

Under normal circumstances, N95 respirators are designed to be single-use. A recent study performed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) confirmed that N95 respirators can be decontaminated effectively up to three times while maintaining functional integrity. The study showed that vaporized hydrogen peroxide (VHP) was the most effective decontamination method.

Using VHP, the Sterizone VP4 can sterilize 20 masks per cycle and has been approved by the FDA to decontaminate N95 masks up to two times each.

The Sterizone VP4 is the fourth VHP sterilizer to receive emergency use authorization to decontaminate used N95 respirators. In March, the U.S. Department of Defense made a $415 million contract with Batelle to use 60 of its Critial Care Decontamination Systems to recycle up to 80, 000 N95 masks per day. Steris and Advanced Sterilization Products have also been granted an EUA authorizations last week. Steris aims to decontaminate 750,000 N95 respirators a day with its Steris V-PRO 1 Plus. Advanced Sterilization Products believes the authorization of its Sterrad 100S cycle, Sterrad NX standard cycle and Sterrad 100NX express cycle will decontaminate 4 million respirators per day in hospitals across the U.S.

This emergency EUA may be very beneficial for Stryker, whose main area of business is in orthopedics. The number of orthopedic surgeries and procedures has declined substantially since the CMS asked for non-essential medical and surgical procedure be postponed in an attempt to reserve hospital resources for coronavirus patients.

Via: MassDevice

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