The H2O2 decontamination process follows several steps. Once the cycle is activated, the door is automatically locked and hydrogen peroxide goes through vaporisation. An airflow system circulates interior air to ensure all surfaces come into contact with the vapour. After this an ultraviolet (UV) light switches on for 90 minutes, causing the H2O2 vapour to decompose into water vapour and oxygen. Once the cycle is complete, the door automatically unlocks.
When hydrogen peroxide decontamination is employed, all the incubator’s interior components, such as shelves, shelf brackets and the humidity tray, are decontaminated in situ. This eliminates the need to remove and replace them for any additional cleaning. In addition, critical parts such as the CO2 sensor do not need to be removed during the process nor recalibrated afterwards, contributing to the reliable operation of the system. The unique design of PHCbi incubators ensures the use of the decontamination system with no impact on adjacent equipment or the environment.