RapidHeat vs Steam Sterilizers Comparison

FEATURE COMPARISON

FEATURESRapidHeatSteam Sterilizers
Start to Finish Cycle (Includes Pre-heat and Drying Cycles)12-20 Minutes61-116 Minutes
Sterilizer Operation and Mechanical ComplexitySimpleComplex
Electrical Requirements110V-220V110-220V
Water/Steam RequirementsNoYes
Instrument Thermal Compatibility> 95%> 95%
FDA 510(k) Pre-Market ApprovedYesYes
Treatment Cycles Documented and StoredYesYes
Instrument Drying Cycle RequiredNoYes
Potential for Instrument Corrosion from ProcessLowHigh
Toxicity of Sterilization Process (Toxic Residues)NoneLow (With No Water Additives)
Sustainability FactorsEnergy Consumption <10% of Steam Sterilization; No Water RequiredHighly Energy Dependent; Purified Water Required

COST COMPARISON

ANNUAL OPERATING COSTRapidHeatSteam Sterilizers
Useful Life Depreciation$650$929
Labor Cost – Operating$313$625
Energy & Water$15$200
Instrument Replacement$0$2,300
Maintenance/Repair$150$3,100
Supplies & Testing$2,468$1,868
TOTAL ANNUAL COST$3,596$9,022
ASSUMPTIONSRapidHeatSteam Sterilizers
Useful Life10 years7 years
Direct Labor3 min/cycle6 min/cycle
Energy & Water85% less Energy50-gal water/yr
Instrument ReplacementNonePitting & Corrosion
Maintenance/RepairMinimal80 Hours/Year
Supplies & TestingFDA Pouches, Indicators (chemical & biological)FDA Pouches, Indicators (chemical & biological)