The sterilization of medical equipment was performed using low-pressure RF discharge plasma. Oxygen radicals as oxidizing materials for sterilization were produced from oxygen or water vapor. The generation of atomic oxygen and OH radicals was confirmed using the light emission spectra of the plasma. The pressure in the discharge region was varied periodically during inactivation in order to produce radicals effectively and to penetrate the produced radicals into tiny gaps. Medium sheets for microbial detection indicated that the decimal reduction value of active bacillus was 5 and 8 min using oxygen plasma and water vapor plasma with ne = 109 cm-3, respectively. Biological indicators clarified that the sterilization of bacilli spores was successful tor a treatment time ot 90 min.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- General Engineering
- General Physics and Astronomy