The Ethylene Oxide Sterilization Association, Inc. (EOSA) would like to communicate the best practices regarding health care facilities that are successfully using ethylene oxide (EO) to sterilize duodenoscopes for use in endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) procedures.
--Clarification on EO Sterilants Use
Over the past several years, EOSA has periodically received inquiries regarding a rumored Ethylene Oxide phase-out. To be clear, ethylene oxide sterilants are NOT being phased out!! EOSA has created an informational document to address this issue - please click here to see it. We believe these rumors may be related to announcements in recent years regarding non-flammable ethylene oxide / HCFC sterilant blends (Oxyfume). Oxyfume products are no longer being sold, and complete phase-out was mandated as of January, 2015. Many hospitals have converted to 100% EO sterilzation, which requires installing a new 100% EO sterilizer. EO sterilants are NOT being phased out - HCFC blends are being phased out. Click here to learn more about the phaseout of HCFC blends.