Monitoring exposure to ethylene oxide


Ethylene oxide is being widely employed during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic to sterilize medical equipment, instruments and supplies in hospitals, including personal protective equipment (PPE).

However, ethylene oxide is also a carcinogen and precautions need to be taken when using the germ-killing gas. To minimize risk and exposure to ethylene oxide, hospitals and medical centers are using the Baseline 9100 or 9200 Gas Chromatograph, a gas analyzer from AMETEK MOCON’s Baseline product group which provides industrial gas chromatographs and gas sensors. The Baseline is commonly used to analyze ethylene oxide used in sterilizers and to detect toxic compounds in medical gases. The analyzer also detects residual ethylene oxide after sterilization activities, including sterilizing PPE. With itssub-ppm limits of detection, the analyzer reliably measures impurities and residual gases at the levels needed to ensure worker safety.

“We have seen an increase in demand in all aspects of our ethylene oxide focused offerings, analyzers, OEM sensors, service, support and replacement materials,” AMETEK MOCON Application Specialist Ben Kahn told gasworld.

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