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How to Monitor Extended Steam Sterilization Cycles

Extended cycles are specific to steam sterilization where the exposure or dry times of a standard sterilizer cycle (i.e. 270°F for 4 minutes) have been adjusted. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines extended cycles as “any sterilization cycle that includes specifications that deviate from... Read More

Bowie-Dick Tests and Troubleshooting Guide

Bowie-Dick (Air-Removal) tests evaluate the performance of prevacuum sterilizers by confirming adequate air removal from the sterilizer chamber. These air removal test have been improved over the years, but you may be wondering, are Bowie-Dick tests still relevant in sterilizers that have programed leak tests?

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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...

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V-PRO beats STERRAD with a
1-2 Punch

In a head-to-head comparison of V-PRO vs. STERRAD, it's clear that V-PRO beats STERRAD with a one-two punch in both throughput and material compatibility. This winning combination allows... Read More

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