This technology evolved from NASA’s early research to discover the best efficacious and non-destructive decontamination technology for spacecraft.
RapidHeat offers healthcare providers a faster, waterless, chemical free, low maintenance alternative in the sterile processing of medical and dental instruments.
RapidHeat sterilization technology utilizes an advanced proprietary form of circulating “High-Velocity Hot Air” (HVHA) in a sealed chamber at the rate of 200-300 air exchanges per minute. Due to the uniform distribution of HVHA, a RapidHeat sterilizer can process wrapped or unwrapped medical and dental instrumentation with greater efficiency in as little as 6-12 minutes to achieve a 12-Log spore kill. To accommodate the processing of temperature-sensitive items, RapidHeat sterilization technology has been recently advanced to incorporate “Low-Temperature” sterilization cycles with processing times equivalent to steam sterilizers.
|Start to Finish Cycle (Includes Pre-heat and Drying Cycles)||12-20 Minutes||61-116 Minutes|
|Sterilizer Operation and Mechanical Complexity||Simple||Complex|
|Instrument Thermal Compatibility||> 95%||> 95%|
|FDA 510(k) Pre-Market Approved||Yes||Yes|
|Treatment Cycles Documented and Stored||Yes||Yes|
|Instrument Drying Cycle Required||No||Yes|
|Potential for Instrument Corrosion from Process||Low||High|
|Toxicity of Sterilization Process (Toxic Residues)||None||Low (With No Water Additives)|
|Sustainability Factors||Energy Consumption <10% of Steam Sterilization; No Water Required||Highly Energy Dependent; Purified Water Required|
|ANNUAL OPERATING COST||RapidHeat||Steam Sterilizers|
|Useful Life Depreciation||$650||$929|
|Labor Cost – Operating||$313||$625|
|Energy & Water||$15||$200|
|Supplies & Testing||$2,468||$1,868|
|TOTAL ANNUAL COST||$3,596||$9,022|
|Useful Life||10 years||7 years|
|Direct Labor||3 min/cycle||6 min/cycle|
|Energy & Water||85% less Energy||50-gal water/yr|
|Instrument Replacement||None||Pitting & Corrosion|
|Supplies & Testing||FDA Pouches, Indicators (chemical & biological)||FDA Pouches, Indicators (chemical & biological)|