Sterilizers must be spore tested.
Contact your Health Department to find out how often they require
The assumption is: If the previous spore test passed and the current test
also passes, so long as each run was monitored for performance, everything
run in between will also be safe to use.
If a spore test fails: all items
processed since the last successful test are considered suspect and should
be recalled or investigated. A failed sterilizer is to be spore tested
with 3 consecutive loads that pass before the unit is allowed back into
regular periodic testing.
4 Parameters for Steam
temperature, steam, time and low bio-burden level.
External heat source sterilizers.
Must sterilize every load to be considered safe to use.
Sterilizers that require human adjustment of sterilization parameters during
use, such as
manually watching a clock, or regulating the temperature must be spore
tested for each load because there is no way to test the human operator for
The items processed must be kept in quarantine until a negative-growth
result has been obtained. Items "stove-top" external heat sterilized are not
considered safe to use until
that run has been spore tested.
Sterility Assurance means that
repeated biological spore testing consistently produces
negative spore test results.
When the processed spore test is incubated and nothing grows, you killed or
inactivated the test spores. When the spore tests consistently pass time
the processed items are considered safe to use.
Every item to be implanted must be biologically tested before being
considered safe to use.
Flash Sterilizers are inappropriate.
that sterilize unwrapped instruments in a few minutes
are not appropriate for Tattoo or Piercing because there is no means of
testing. They are for emergency use specifically made for an operating room
when an instrument becomes contaminated during an operation when a
replacement is not available. They are not used for routine processing.
All new, moved or repaired
must have 3 negative (no growth) spore tests before being put
into routine periodic-testing use.
Biological Sterilization Test kits
Additional Sterilization Comments
|For added assurance.
|# MS-1329, ProChem Strips,
Placed Inside the pouch
250 per box.
Steam Sterilization Integrators
react to steam penetration into the pouch.