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The use of any product without reading the manufacturer's instructions and warnings might be interpreted as negligence.

...the use of a product contrary to the label warnings and use-instructions might be criminal if it effects the safety of clients.

"To err is human, to persist in error affecting the lives of others is diabolical." 
Henry Such Smith


Label reading  is not "optional." 

Since implant-ables must be sterile and "sterilizing" liquids cannot be reasonably monitored nor tested for effectiveness in any practical way, it is irresponsible to consider them as appropriate in any way whatsoever for sterilization.  Every health department regulation we have seen requires periodic biological testing. 

"Liquid chemical sterilization or disinfection procedures cannot be monitored biologically efficeintly." p 315, Sterilization Technology: RF Morrissey and GB Phillips - this may not be absolutely accurate but for practical purposees the process cannot be routinely tested.

Sterilizing solutions themselves are hazardous.

Glutaraldehydes are noxious and irritating and may result in a variety of toxic reactions.    Personnel must take precautions to protect themselves. Employee exposure to glut. is regulated by federal and state agencies and OSHA has set a ceiling limit of 0.2 ppm as a regulatory requirement for exposure though this may number have recently changed.  Goggles or face masks, neoprene rubber gloves, protective gowns, mixing and use with an exhaust system are all necessary.  

"If disinfectants will kill microorganisms they can also be harmful to the cells of the human body." (American Society for Healthcare Central Service Professional of the American Hospital Association, Training Manual for Central Service Technicians, 3rd Edition, 1997.)

All items disinfected with gluts. must be rinsed thoroughly, preferably with sterile distilled water. Using tap water would only add bio-burden again.

Sterilizing solutions are not be used in tattoo or other body arts.

Because they loose potency, cannot be monitored, are dangerous to use, and prohibited by Federal Regulation for our uses, sterilizing solutions have no place in tattooing, piercing or permanent cosmetics and must be regarded as inappropriate for this purpose. 

 The labels clearly state that it is a violation to use these products for purposes for which they were not intended.

  Reading labels must be your obsession. Labels are the most important places to locate information that the manufacturer deems important for the safe use of a product.  They may contain emergency information and precautions that you must know to use a product safely. Label reading  is not optional.  

The use of any product without reading the manufacturer's instructions and warnings is negligent.  When it comes to the safety of the client, and your own, the use of a product contrary to the label warnings and use-instructions is criminal. If there is any question about the use of a particular product, the manufacturer can be contacted directly concerning their products. This contact information will be found on the label.

Indicator marks on pouches and bags
are usually printed with an ink that changes color during the sterilization process.  They do not indicate sterility since they usually are activated by heat level alone and not time, not pressure and the amount of saturated steam present.  They are useful to alert to failure for lots processed between biological testings and do not prove sterilization but alert to failure.  Only biological testing produces sterility assurance.

Integrators are a placed inside the pouch and change color when steam processing has penetrated into the bag.

Steam Integrators in conjunction with indicators and spore testing is the best way.

Researched and compiled by
Westley W Wood, Unimax Supply Co. Inc.
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