Learning how to choose the right sterilization product is essential. This is because every time you use a dental instrument, device, or equipment, it becomes contaminated and needs to be sterilized to make it safe for the next use.
The right sterilization product can help to ensure that your dental instruments, devices, and equipment are sterilized adequately for the next use.
As for the sterilization method, CDC recommends using moist heat in the saturated steam form under pressure. It is not only widely used but also highly encouraged across the globe.
For the uninitiated, steam sterilization is done by placing the dental items inside the autoclave and exposing them to direct steam at an appropriate pressure & temperature for a specified time.
That said, let’s check out the parameters for effective steam sterilization.
Effective steam sterilization requires the following 4 parameters.
- 30 minutes at 121°C in a gravity displacement sterilizer.
- 4 minutes at 132°C in a pre-vacuum sterilizer.
Now that you know the 4 parameters of effective steam sterilization, let’s talk about steam cycle monitoring process. Usually, steam sterilizers are monitored using a graphical printout, which involves measuring temperature, time at the temperature, and pressure.
In any steam cycle, chemical indicators are affixed on the outside as well as incorporated in the sterilization packaging to monitor either time and temperature or just temperature.
To measure the effectiveness of steam sterilization, a biological monitor with spores of Geobacillus stearothermophilus is used.
If you see positive spore test results, the first thing you need to know is that they occur very rarely. And most of the time, they occur because of operator error, equipment malfunction, or sometimes poor steam delivery.
Maintaining sterilized items is equally important as sterilizing used items before the next use.
Thankfully, there are plenty of packaging options you can consider to maintain your sterilized items until they’re required to use again.
The most common types of packaging include:
Regardless of which packaging option you prefer, it is vital to use a packaging material that permits penetration of the sterilant, protects the item against contact contamination during handling and has a withstandable barrier to microbial penetration.
Most important of all, the packaging material must maintain the sterility of the item post-sterilization.
As you’ve just learned, there are several types of packaging options you can choose to maintain your sterilized products.
However, it is important to learn how to determine the right sterilization packaging for your items.
Usually, the sterilization packaging must be selected depending on the following criteria:
As you may already know, effective sterilization is absolutely essential for the safety of patients.
And apparently, a lot goes into ensuring patient safety than following an effective sterilization process & quality packaging.
Apart from the standard criteria, here are a couple of additional sterilization requirements you can consider to uplift the sterilization of items:
These are the additional requirements you can consider implementing to elevate the effectiveness of your sterilization approach
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