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How often is your sterilizer being monitored? Did you know that the Centers for Disease Control recommend spore testing be conducted on a weekly basis? More often than not, we find that spore testing practices do not meet these standards. Every practice must clearly identify the frequency and the means by which sterilizers are being inspected in their Schedule of Housekeeping & Decontamination. Additionally, they must document each inspection in an Inspection Log. If you're not doing this, there may be a tremendous amount of liability in your practice. There are three accepted forms of monitoring:
  • Mechanical
  • Chemical
  • Biological (Spore Testing)
 

Biological monitoring is the most accepted means of monitoring and must be conducted on a weekly basis. Practices must also conduct spore testing whenever the following conditions are present: 
  • After training new sterilization personnel
  • After changing packaging material or trays
  • After the sterilizer has been repaired
  • After chaning loading and unloading procedures
Remember to document your selected best practices in your Schedule of Housekeeping & Decontamination. Additionally, ensure that employees are documenting each inspection in an Inspection Log. These best practices will support you in ensuring the protection of your employees, your patients, and your practice.

 


Comments

01/23/2017 6:28am

Is this testing important? I believe it is. I am grateful for this informative post.

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04/24/2017 6:44am

Ok, I will test my sterilizer. You are right. It's important to check such things from time to time.

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07/17/2017 2:45am

Protecting is very important! This can't be ignored at all!

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