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Alphabetical Listing of Reference Documents by Title
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Ethylene Oxide Fact Sheet [PDF]
Abstract: Fact sheet written to give employers the information they need in order to manage staff exposure to EtO.
Evaluation of the Carcinogenicity of Ethylene Oxide (External Review Draft)
Abstract: This draft assessment document characterizes the potential for a carcinogenic health hazard from human inhalation exposure to EtO.
Source: EPA's National Center for Environmental Assessment
FDA-Cleared Sterilants and High Level Disinfectants with General Claims for Processing Reusable Medical and Dental Devices
Abstract: Alternative Disinfectants: A roster of FDA cleared steriliants and high-level disinfectants (HLDs) and conditions for their use.
Source: Food and Drug Administratio (FDA)
Frequently-Asked-Questions about the Reprocessing and Reuse of Single-Use Devices by Third-Party and Hospital Reprocessors
Abstract: If a hospital is reprocessing or having a provider reprocess single use devices as an alternative to using EtO to sterilize reusable devices, this document provides guidance on selecting and evaluating a provider.
Source: Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Hospital eTool: Central Supply Module
Abstract: Virtual tour of hospital hazards. Covers the health effects of ethylene oxide gas exposure and options for reducing use.
Mortality among workers exposed to ethylene oxide
Abstract: Article describing a study of mortality in 18,254 U.S. workers exposed to ethylene oxide at 14 plants producing sterilized medical supplies and spices and results of research.
Source: New England Journal of Medicine
Recent Developments in Sterilization Technology
Abstract: Detailed description of sterilation technologies including their uses and advantages and disadvantages.
Source: Medical Device Link
Replacing Ethylene Oxide and Glutaraldehyde [PDF]
Abstract: Gives an overview of where EtO and glutaraldehyde are used in hospitals, the reasons to find alternatives and a case study that shows a cost benefit analysis of switching to alternate sterilization/disinfection methods and products.
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