Lesson Code: PST-1295. This e-Lesson is aimed at personnel who require an overview of the use of ethylene oxide (ETO) in gas sterilization, the products that can be sterilized by this process, the equipment and procedures used, and the critical sterilization parameters.

  • Category: Sterilization


After taking this e-Lesson, you will be able to:

  • Describe the applications of ethylene oxide (ETO) gas sterilization
  • List the advantages and disadvantages of ETO sterilization
  • Describe the structure of a typical ETO sterilizer
  • Explain the three stages of an ETO sterilization process
  • List the critical parameters that must be monitored and controlled in an ETO process
  • Name the two indicators used to check if the sterilization conditions were reached in an ETO sterilization process

KEYWORDS:  Desorption, Ethylene Oxide (ETO), Gas Sterilization, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Preconditioning, Quarantine, Relative Humidity, Residues, Sterilizing Chamber