Defining Room Temperature for Material Sterilization

  • Posted on: 28 March 2014
  • By: Mason Schwartz

The definition of room temperature depends on your source, and you will find a variety of descriptions: 18 - 23°C (64 - 73°F), 20 to 23.5°C (68 – 74.3°F), and 20 to 25°C (68 - 77°F). The most common of these ranges is 20 to 25°C (68 - 77°F).

Room temperature is important in sterilization because as a rule of thumb, chemical reactions double every 10°C. For sensitive materials this means possible compatibility issues; the lower the temperature is during sterilization, the lower the possibility for compatibility issues.

REVOX® Sterilization is a room temperature sterilization system validated to provide sterilization between temperature ranges of 18-30°C (64 - 86°F). The REVOX® system is not temperature controlled; rather the temperature of the room determines the chamber or product load temperature. The average room temperature in our processing facility is 22.5°C (72°F). This temperature reduces the reaction potential of the sterilant, thus reducing the compatibility issues.

This true room temperature process brings the possibility of sterilizing product which could not be sterilized before. This includes temperature sensitive polymers, biologic material, and proteins. If any of your projects or devices ever had temperature issues with other sterilization methods, be sure to submit a contact request form, and we can provide you with additional information on how we can help you.