How To Sterilize And Recycle Medical PPE’s In Bulk To Continue Protecting Our Healthcare Workers And Save Government Money To Buy It


There are industries in our country that uses and operate large autoclaves or sterilizers in their production areas. These automated autoclaves can do terminal sterilization at 121 DegC on a pressurized chamber. It can do bulk used PPE sterilization in 1 and a half hour. The process is composed of a heatup time, sterilization temp hold or dwell, and a cooling time.

The government can coordinate with a willing pharmaceutical or food company with these large autoclave/sterilizer user and temporarily isolate one unit for just hospital PPE sterilization. The area isolation procedure would be tricky as Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) can be compromised but during these times there must be some ways to go around it.

These cooperation between public and private sector can greatly help our fight in defeating Covid-19 pandemic.

The scarcity of PPE and the number of it being used and disposed each day in every hospital would create a dangerous situation for our frontliners. The absence of proper PPE replenishment will subject them to possible contamination.

This suggestion will make sure that used PPE’s would properly be sterilized (terminal sterilization) and re-used and brought back to the hospitals to protect our healthworkers. Instead of waiting for the new purchased PPE’s to arrive which will take some time, we can continue with frontline works without impediments. It will also save our government a lot of money buying all required PPE’s.

Just a suggestion from the author to possibly help IATF decision makers.

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