The massively popular Statim 5000 and 2000 autoclaves have a new, upgraded series called the “G4”. Scican emphasizes their focus on gentle sterilizing technologies and speed of sterilizing cycles. Read on to learn more about these high tech little machines.
Above are the two new Statim sterilizers side by side. I also covered a similar cassette autoclave called the Midmark M3 Ultrafast, fyi… for comparison sakes.
The G4 series of autoclaves offer more electronic communication and new software. Statims have historically been chosen for their ability to sterilize a diverse type of instruments including dental hand pieces, eye surgery instruments, and other lumen (open tubed) instruments.
This is the video I created for you to compare the 2000 and 5000 G4s. I discuss their similarities and differences. You can do me a huge favor by liking, commenting, or sharing it around social media should you feel like it!
I also like to provide links to more information, so you can expand your research before you buy:
- You can find the full manual here for both machines.
- Shop for the 2000 G4 here and the 5000 G4 here.
Scican emphasizes that these new versions of cassette autoclaves have stepped into the digital age with wi-fi, automatic cycle recording and monitoring of every cycle run. The main benefit is no more manual logging of sterilization cycles, which sucks (and is not usually consistent) as we all know.
New Technical Features of the Statim G4 Models
This is a great video I found from the “Medical Device Depot” Youtube Channel that covers the advanced technology of the Statim G4 group of autoclaves:
New G4 Computerized Features
- LCD touch screen controls
- USB slot to download past data
- 10/100 Base T Ethernet Connection
- User specific pin number access to system
- Communication with individual emails, can notify reps for service needs
- Monitoring the data of the current sterilization cycle.
- Logging cycle data automatically for the life of your sterilizer.
- Manages maintenance electronically.
- System updates are completely automated.
Sterilizing Features of the Statim 2000 and 5000 G4 Machines
In addition, the G4 sterilizers only use a precise amount of water per load. It is not reused, but rather empties into the included waste bottle. This can limit the possibility of contamination from recycled (or old) water, like most full reservoir autoclaves. This feature also saves time by not having to heat an entire reservoir of water. Only a small amount is heated by the internal steam generator.
Scican’s Statim machines use a patented sterilization process called PPPD. This stands for “Positive Pressure Pulse Displacement“. Air removal in the chamber is done with injected saturated steam. This “forced vacuum” is vital for instruments and packs to be fully sterilized, especially if they have lumens (are hollow).
Dental hand pieces and other instruments are autoclaved within removable stainless steel cassettes in the Statim 2000 and 5000. This lets us take the gear aseptically to where it will be used and limits possible contamination. The sterile instruments are opened at the point of use.
These autoclaves also employ a Scican patented “Dri-Tec drying technology“. Wrapped instruments can be dried in 10 minutes. The heat leftover from the steam cycle is injected back into the cassette. There are also drying plates in the chamber which transfer heat to the instruments, making them quickly available for the next use. Full, wrapped loads can be dried in 15 minutes with this combination of radiant heat and convection technologies.
The Differences Between the 2000 and 5000 G4 Autoclaves:
The difference between the 2000 G4 and 5000 G4 is in the sizes of the autoclaves and the cassettes. The 5000 is larger and can run more instruments at once. I thought it would be easiest to make this spreadsheet graphic that displays the differences:
This first image is about the time differences between the 2000 and 5000 cycles.
To conclude this review, the computerized features of the new G4 models DO bring the prices up some. If you need these new features, by all means research them further.
If you are looking for an autoclave that is simple, I would suggest this article I wrote about the Tuttnauer 1730 Value Clave. It is roughly a third of the price of the Statim G4 models. So I would suggest being honest to yourself about your own steam sterilization needs. It could save you a lot of money, which you probably would not protest! Take care.