Mechanical techniques for monitoring sterilization include assessing cycle time, temperature, and pressure by observing the gauges or displays on the sterilizer and noting these parameters for each load prior to unloading the sterilizer.
Correct readings do not ensure sterilization, but incorrect readings can be the first indication of a problem.
Biological indicators (BIs) are the most accepted method for monitoring the sterilization process because they assess it directly by killing known highly resistant microorganisms.
Because spores used in BIs are more resistant and present in greater numbers than the common microbial contaminants found on patient-care equipment, an inactivated BI indicates other potential pathogens in the load have been killed.
OSHA (Occupational and Safety Health Administration)
ADA (American Dental Association)
OSAP (Organization of Safety and Asepsis Procedures)
VA (Veteran’s Affairs)
AAMI (Assoc. for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation)
AORN (Association of Operating Room Nurses)
Many state and local agencies
State Requirements For Spore Testing Some state dental boards mandate spore testing at an indicated frequency: Weekly: Alabama California Georgia Hawaii Idaho Kansas Louisiana Massachusetts Minnesota Mississippi North Carolina New Mexico Ohio Oregon Pennsylvania South Carolina South Dakota Texas Washington Wisconsin Monthly: Arkansas Florida Indiana Mandated (no frequency indicated): Oklahoma Tennessee
How Do I Use An In-Office Biological Monitoring System?
Additional testing is recommended when any changes are made in sterilization procedures.
When a new sterilizer is used, a long duration of time exists between uses, or a repaired unit has been returned to operation.
Every time an implant is run in a load.
Anytime there is a positive test result.
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Introducing Hu-Friedy’s SporeCheck Record Notebook Dry Block Incubator Vial Crusher Self-Contained Steam Biological Indicators (25 vials) What is SporeCheck? A quick and accurate approach to steam sterilizer testing. SporeCheck is an easy-to-use, in-office, biological monitor testing system with results in 24 hours, the fastest on the market. It is the most efficient and reliable way to validate the proper functioning of your steam sterilizer.
Features and Benefits Regulatory compliance is an important element of a smooth-working, quality practice. Meets all federal, state and local guidelines for sterilizer testing. Complete control over all processes and gets the results first-hand. In-office testing supports high quality standards. Testing and results in office. Fastest results in biological monitoring. Mail-in tests take over a week and other in-office tests can take 48 hours or more. Incubation test results in only 24 hours. Benefits Features
Features and Benefits In-office processing saves the hassle of mailing, waiting, and not promptly knowing the results. Convenience. Everyone has peace of mind that the equipment used to sterilize instruments is working properly. Good records are the best insurance policy that can be purchased. Reliable testing results. Any staff member can be easily and quickly trained in only minutes to conduct the BI testing and record results. Simple to use. Benefits Features
Features and Benefits Conversion of current users of in-office BI testing is easy since our vials will fit existing dry block incubators. Fits existing dry block incubators. The results are clear and require no interpretation. When the vial turns from purple to yellow after incubation, the test results are positive. Visible color change when results are positive. One vial does it all. SporeCheck can be used with all --- gravity, pre-vacuum, and flash (Statim) sterilizers. Supports all steam sterilization processes. Benefits Features