Sterile Processing

Infection Prevention

What is Infection Prevention?

Infection Prevention in Healthcare

Infection Prevention and Control in Healthcare

Most healthcare facilities have an infection preventionist who is an expert on preventing the spread of disease. This person, or an infection control team, work to reduce the risk of contagious... Read More


Enzymatic Cleaner

What is an Enzymatic Cleaner?

An enzymatic cleaner is used in healthcare facilities to aid in the cleaning and decontamination of medical devices and other medical equipment and utensils. Enzymatic cleaners used in the Endoscopy and Sterile Processing Departments may be better known as enzymatic detergents, because they contain surfactants designed to... Read More


Autoclave

Everything About Autoclaves

What is an autoclave?

Autoclaves are also known as steam sterilizers, and are typically used for healthcare or industrial applications. An autoclave is a machine that uses steam under pressure to kill harmful bacteria viruses, fungi, and spores on items that are placed inside a pressure vessel. The items are heated to an appropriate sterilization temperature for a given amount of time. The moisture in the steam efficiently transfers heat... Read More


Chemical Indicator

What is a Chemical Indicator?

Chemical Indicators (CIs), as defined by AAMI and ISO, are devices used to monitor the presence or attainment of one or more of the parameters required for a satisfactory sterilization process or used in a specific test of sterilization equipment. For example, when placed inside packs, CIs are used to confirm that sterilant achieved good penetration in the items being sterilized. CIs are used as... Read More


Sterile Processing

What is Sterile Processing?

sterile processing department

The Sterile Processing Department (SPD), also known as the Central Sterile Services Department (CSSD), is the area in a hospital where cleaning and sterilization of devices used in medical procedures takes place. The processes an instrument goes through.... Read More


Steam Sterilization for Medical Equipment

Steam Sterilization for Medical Equipment

Benefits of Steam Sterilization

Steam sterilization has many benefits as a sterilization method in healthcare facilities including low cost, safety, and efficacy. When processing heat and moisture stable materials... Read More


Hydrogen Peroxide Sterilization

Hydrogen Peroxide Sterilization

What is Hydrogen Peroxide Sterilization?

Hydrogen peroxide sterilization is a low temperature sterilization process commonly used in the application of sterilizing medical devices, often used to sterilize heat-sensitive devices. A hydrogen peroxide sterilization cycle typically requires less time than alternative forms of sterilization, such as steam sterilization. A hydrogen peroxide sterilization process involves.... Read More


Biological Indicators

Biological Indicators

What are Biological Indicators?

Biological indicators (BIs), as defined by ANSI/AAMI and ISO, are test systems containing viable microorganisms providing a defined resistance to a specific sterilization process. A biological indicator provides information on whether necessary conditions were met to kill... Read More


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