Many customers have a requirement to decontaminate their laboratory scale incubators on a periodic basis or following research change or accidental spillage.
It may also be necessary to decontaminate an incubator prior to a service visit. Whilst it is possible to obtain a reasonable level of sterility by manual cleaning, this does not address the problems of airborne contamination entering the incubator air paths via the recirculation fan.
Most incubators have internally circulated airflow via hidden air ducts to ensure that the incubator temperature is uniform throughout the enclosure.
Using hydrogen peroxide vapor for decontamination of the internal surfaces allows the internal recirculation fan to remain in operation during the decontamination cycle which ensures even distribution of the vapor throughout the chamber and through any hidden air ducts, thereby ensuring effective decontamination of all areas.
Bioquell HPV gas generators operate over a wide temperature and humidity range which allows many incubators to be decontaminated using HPV without the need for extensive cooling or dehumidification before the cycle starts. Vapor supply and return can be via a temporary front door or by use of Bioquell’s unique dual flow adaptor which allows vapor supply and return via a single 1” service port which is common on many incubator models.
Do I need to remove all shelves before decontamination?
No, all shelves can remain in place ensuring that the shelves also get decontaminated along with the other internal surfaces.
How do I remove the vapor from the incubator after decontamination?
The Bioquell L-2 HPV generator will remove all the vapor at the end of the cycle.
I have a large walk in incubator, can that be decontaminated in the same way as laboratory incubators?
Generally yes, but Bioquell should be consulted about the most efficient method of decontaminating large incubators.