Sterilization process involves many consumables and accessories, such as sterilization indicators used to ensure the validity of sterilization process; sterilant cassettes; and other sterilization accessories, such as sterilization containers and baskets, sterility assurance covers and pouches, sterilization racks, instrument trays, and container holders. The research study published for global sterilization equipment market covers an in-depth analysis of sterilization consumables market. Sterilization consumables market is segmented as sterilization indicators, sterilization cassettes, and other consumables.
Sterilization Indicators hold the major share of Sterilization Consumables Market
Sterilization indicators segment accounted for the largest share of the sterilization consumables market, followed by sterilization cassettes segment. The growth of sterilization indicators market is mainly driven by the growing regulatory requirements to ensure effective sterilization and widening application of sterilization technologies in general in variety of industries.
Sterilization indicators are used to ensure positive identification or validation of successful sterilization process. There are variety of biological and chemical indicators available in the market that are used across industries to ensure validation of sterilization. Biological indicators are a preparation of living bacterial spores (endospores) resistant to the sterilizing agent. These may be supplied in a self-contained system, in dry spore strips or discs in envelopes, or sealed vials or ampoules of spores to be sterilized and a control that is not sterilized. Bacterial spores are chosen for specific sterilization process depending on their known resistance to the given process.
On the other hand, chemical indicators are basically chemicals that indicate change in color when exposed to certain critical variables, such as time, temperature, or steam saturation. On the basis of number of parameters to be tested, chemical indicators can be single-parameter or multiple-parameter. These indicators are either placed inside pack of instruments/materials, or over the surface of packed materials during the sterilization process and thereby assist in differentiating sterilized and unsterilized products.
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