Safe surgery starts with safe instruments. For over 50 years, 3M has maintained a trusted reputation for creating innovative sterilization products for decontamination. Our sterilization products and solutions help to improve the knowledge, professionalism and productivity of an entire sterile processing departments.
This on-demand webinar provides a clear view on how sterilization can affect patient outcomes and how to best mitigate the risks within quality assurance in the CSSD.
Equipment monitoring is a way to find out whether or not your sterilizer is doing its job properly. To monitor vacuum-assisted steam sterilizers, you should begin each day with a daily steam penetration test (Bowie and Dick test) to detect air leaks, inadequate air removal, inadequate steam penetration and the presence of non-condensable gases, any of which can compromise sterility. It is important that the Bowie and Dick test be independent of the sterilizer.
Load monitoring is the process by which a load is monitored and released based on the final negative result of a Biological Indicator (BI). Only a BI can offer convenient detection of the actual killing of spores inside the sterilizer. As a best practice and to provide optimal patient safety, 3M recommends that every sterilization load be monitored with an appropriate biological indicator inserted into an appropriate process challenge device.
Internal pack monitoring verifies that the steam sterilization conditions are established inside the pack and the World Health Organisation (WHO) surgical safety check list1 requires that the pack sterility should be verified. This can be achieved by using a chemical indicator in every pack.
External pack monitoring allows anyone to see at a glance whether packs have been exposed to the sterilization process. Usually consisting of tapes or labels, these Type 1 process indicators undergo a colour change when exposed to the sterilant.