The gke Steri-Record® Compact-PCD-Testsets include process challenge devices (PCD) with different air removal characteristics. The testset has been developed to monitor the penetration characteristics of the sterilization agent to ensure ethylene oxide penetration inside of the hollow devices, e.g. minimal invasive surgical (MIS) instruments and tubes. For a successful sterilization process the sterilizing agent must contact all the surfaces of the goods to be sterilized. Air and non condensable gases (NCG) must be removed from the inside of hollow devices before they can be sterilized. Hollow devices and MIS instruments are more difficult to penetrate and therefore to sterilize than porous loads.
The gke Steri-Record® Testset consists of ten different Compact-PCD®s. The specially designed and patented PCDs consist of a large volume plastic case with stainless steel tubes of different lengths inside, with a minimal capsule volume at the end holding the indicator. They can be used with special gke chemical or biological indicators to monitor the different sterilization processes. The PCD can be put either vertically on the loading rack or placed horizontally on the bracket. All PCDs of the testset are available separately as well.