Disposable Medical Instruments (DMI) recently expanded its business with significant investment in an Ethylene Oxide (EtO) sterilising chamber. The new chamber works in 24-hour cycles, handling up to three pallets at a time, each containing the customised packs of disposable medical instruments DMI provides for its clients in the public and private healthcare sector. It can offer much more flexibility than larger EtO facilities, so clients can order exactly what they need, when they need it.

EtO sterilisation is ideal for disposable products because it safely sterilises medical and pharmaceutical devices that cannot support conventional high temperature steam sterilisation, such as those that incorporate electronic components, plastic packaging or plastic containers. It works at a low temperature but with high efficiency, destroying microorganisms, including resistant spores. Its flexibility means it is ideal for sterilising the combinations of medical devices, metals, plastics, gauzes and swabs that make up DMI’s bespoke medical procedure kits.

The chamber is part of a new sterilisation, packaging and distribution facility at DMI’s factory near Cambridge. The facility means customers can order a customised pack, choosing exactly what they want from the company’s wide range of disposable medical instruments, without the constraints of having to place orders for standard packs containing some products that may simply go to waste. The fact that everything can now be provided in-house also means DMI can control consistency and quality at all stages of the process.

"This new EtO chamber, together with our well-established ISO Grade 7 cleanroom, means we now have everything in-house to grow our business, reduce our carbon footprint and continue to give our customers the cost efficiency, quality and standards they demand."