Author : Dental Product Shopper
Published Date 10/23/2013
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SciCan?s STATIM sterilizer has been a part of my practice since its introduction in 1989. Its small footprint, rapid sterilization, and ease of use make it a workhorse. Because of its simplicity, it is also a low maintenance unit, however, like any piece of equipment used all day every day, there are times when it needs some service.

The STATIM G4 model incorporates great new technology to simplify verification, monitoring, and service.

Stays Connected

The STATIM G4 is connected to the Internet via a network cable. This feature allows remote monitoring to let the office know if the unit is not performing up to spec, and it helps us diagnose a failure before a repair person is dispatched to the office. In addition, STATIM G4?s onboard computer keeps track of the cycles and we can monitor operation on the LCD high-resolution 65K color touchscreen. The large (2.5 in x 3 in) display offers fully adjustable contrast levels, so it is very easy to read from any angle and in any light.

Provides Documentation

It is important to know if a sterilizer is actually sterilizing. An undocumented sterilization cycle might as well not have been done. In fact, a validation of this process is required in many states. We need to store sterilization data with each cycle to protect both our patients and the practice. With STATIM G4?s USB port, we can export a record to a local computer for storage and printout via 10/100 Base-T Ethernet connection.

Additionally, the integrated SciCan DataLogger stores all cycle information for the lifetime of the unit and we can manually retrieve the cycle history if necessary. Accessed via the practice network portal, the STATIM G4 supports userdefined PIN protection of all operations and monitoring. This capability encourages my whole team to pay extra attention to the sterilization processes.

Allows Efficiency and Efficacy

The STATIM 2000 and 5000 models are available with the STATIM G4 connectivity upgrades. Both units offer the speed, reliability, and compact design of the STATIM cassette autoclave family. They use SciCan?s proprietary positive pressure pulse displacement (PPPD) technology: saturated steam removes air and effectively sterilizes instruments. Both models also incorporate SciCan?s DriTec drying technologies. The STATIM 2000 G4 uses convection heat to dry instruments by using the remaining heat in the system after the sterilization phase; wrapped instrument loads are dried in as little as 10 minutes. With the largercapacity STATIM 5000, heat generated by the sterilization cycle is ?absorbed? by drying plates in the sterilization chamber; heat then is transferred directly to instruments for full-load drying in as little as 15 minutes.