At Case Medical, we pride ourselves on quality. Our high standards can be seen across our offerings. SteriTite® Containers feature a durable, universal design that is strengthened using anodized and passivated materials, including aircraft grade aluminum. Our highly effective Case Solutions® and SuperNova® cleaners display the US EPA Safer Choice label, and have since the designation was introduced. And our case carts, accessories, and CaseTrak360® software all work together as a system to meet all needs of SPD departments.
This quality orientation extends to all components of our products, including the highly effective filter and lid system that keeps our SteriTite containers free of microorganisms and contaminants during transport and storage. Here are some of the innovative features and functionalities of our retention plates and filters that make our sterilization containers different.
- Our vent holes are offset to prevent strike-through, a patented feature
- Our retention plate has a double latching mechanism and does not over-rotate
- The filter is held place by a gasketed seal on either side of the vent for sterility maintenance
- The offset vent pattern is tortuous path that prevents cross-contamination.
- In fact, this unique vent patterns creates a maze to prevent microorganism entry. Remember, microorganisms cannot turn corners and can only travel in a straight line.
In order to get the full benefit of these features, it is critical to ensure that the retention plates are in proper working order. A quick way to test the plate is to latch it to the lid surface WITHOUT a filter in place and then try to manually rotate the retention plate. If the plate does not move, then everything is fine. If the plate can be turned in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction, then you should contact your sales rep who is trained to check for dents and damage.
It is important to recognize that this test should not be performed when a filter is in place, especially the polypropylene filters required for use in STERRAD® sterilizers and other low temperature H2O2 sterilizers. Polypropylene filters have a low level of friction and will spin under pressure. In this case, “spinning” is a perfectly normal action and not an indication of damage or malfunction. If you have any uncertainty, remove the filter, lock the plate in place and try to spin it again. To see a video on this topic, visit our site to watch SteriTite Container Retention Plate Instructions for Use & Inspection. Scroll past the 510k clearance listings to see the video.