dcsimg Stella high level disinfection system Apec® 1745 Case Study

Reducing patient wait time in fast-paced clinical and hospital environments:

High level disinfection system relies on Apec® high-heat polycarbonate

Many factors can contribute to a patient’s wait time, including the time needed to disinfect instruments after each patient treatment. The Tristel Stella system shortens the time needed to disinfect instruments, helping boost patient treatment efficiency by up to 87 percent.

OEM: Tristel Solutions Limited 
Industry: Medical 
Application: High level disinfection system
Product: Apec® 1745 high-heat polycarbonate

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To make the Stella high level disinfection system, Tristel Solutions Limited turned to Apec® 1745 high-heat polycarbonate from Covestro.

Apec® 1745 is unique in its ability to withstand autoclave temperatures as high as 134°C, significantly reducing the time required to disinfect medical equipment, such as endoscopic and ultrasound instruments. In fact, this speedy high level disinfection system cycle can greatly increase the efficiency and economy of time in fast-paced clinical and hospital environments.

Apec® 1745 is biocompatible according to many ISO 10993-1 test requirements, offers proven performance and features a unique combination of properties, including ultra high-heat resistance and impact strength, that are ideal for supporting and enhancing the sterilization process of non-invasive medical devices, a growing trend for medical technological advancements.

The Tristel Stella system combines the simplicity of manual soaking with the safety features and sophistication of an automated washer-disinfector. Apec® 1745 allows the large contamination tray to be molded  in one piece, reducing the time for assembly and eliminating the risk of liquid leakage. The glass-like transparency  of Apec® 1745 enables the user to monitor the entire disinfection process.

The Tristel Stella system was awarded the 2010 Bayer Innovators Award in association with New Zealand’s National Business Review magazine.

The main properties of Apec® 1745 polycarbonate are:

  • Biocompatible (according to many ISO 10993-1 test requirements)
  • Medical grade
  • Impact resistant
  • Suitable for high-heat applications
  • Good dimensional stability

About Tristel:

In recent years, Tristel has transformed itself from a single-sector company serving hospitals to a multi-faceted, multi-brand group serving three markets; Human Healthcare, Pharmaceutical and Animal Healthcare. These three strands of the business position it as one of the world’s stand-out infection prevention and hygiene specialists. The Stella System is part of the company’s Human Healthcare division. It is a revolutionary high level disinfection system for heat-sensitive medical devices and provides speed, simplicity, ease of use and economy. It reduces the time needed to disinfect instruments to 5 minutes, and as a result increases patient throughput.

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