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ACCREDITATION STANDARDS:

Is your facility compliant with industry standards as recommended by the CDC, AAMI, AORN, ADA, OSAP, and the Joint Commission?  Are you following best practice recommendations?  (Some are quoted below with their cross references). 

Other guidelines can be viewed at:

DENTAL REGULATIONS

MEDICAL REGULATIONS

TATTOO & BODY PIERCING REGULATIONS

The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) www.cdc.gov

Recommended Infection-Control Practices for Dentistry, 1993.  “Proper functioning of sterilization cycles should be verified by the periodic use (at least weekly) of biological indicators (i.e. spore tests).   Heat sensitive chemical indicators (e.g. those that change color after exposure to heat) alone do not ensure adequacy of a sterilization cycle but may be used on the outside of each pack to identify packs that have been processed through the heating cycle.  A simple and inexpensive method to confirm heat penetration to all instruments during each cycle is the use of a chemical indicator inside and in the center of either a load of unwrapped instruments or in each multiple instrument pack; this procedure is recommended for use in all dental practices.  Instructions provided by the manufacturers of medical/dental instruments and sterilization devices should be followed closely.”

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) 41(RR-8), May 28, 1993

ADA (American Dental Association) www.ada.org

“This report is based on the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (see the CDC recommendations above) and other publications in the medical and dental literature.  The recommendations in this document have been accepted by the Council on Scientific Affairs and the Council on Dental Practice.  The Councils strongly urge practitioners and dental laboratories to comply with these infection control practices…Since this document is not intended to cover every aspect of infection control compliance, the dentist, his or her staff and that of dental laboratories should refer to the referenced publications.” 

Infection Control Recommendations for the Dental Office and the Dental Laboratory 

ANSI / AAMI (American National Standards Institute Inc. / Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation)  www.aami.org

“Biological indicators should be used within PCDs for routine sterilizer efficacy monitoring at least weekly, but preferably every day that the sterilizer is in use.” ANSI/AAMI  ST79:2006, Section 10.5.3.2

AORN (Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses) www.aorn.org

“For routine monitoring should be used weekly, and as needed; each load of implantables.”

Recommended Practices, Sterilization & Disinfection, 1987

OSAP (Organization for Safety & Asepsis Procedures)  www.osap.org

“The use and functioning of heat sterilizers should be biologically monitored at least weekly, or more often if the practice demands it, with appropriate spore tests.” Infection Control in Dentistry Guidelines, September 1997

VA (Veteran’s Administration)

“…must be sterilizer monitored no less than weekly, each load of implantables or intravascular materials, following major sterilizer repairs, new products or packaging material.”  VA Manual G1, MP-2, Sub-chapter E, Change 159, June 22, 1083

AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics)   www.aap.org

Biological indicators are necessary to ensure sterility.  A variety of indicator systems are available.  The procedure recommended by the manufacturer to document sterility should be done at least weekly and results should be recorded.”  (from June 2000 Policy Statement)

For more information on becoming compliant, please contact our customer service staff.  Autoclave Testing Service, Inc. has provided unsurpassed sterilizer monitoring for thousands of clients since 1986.

 
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Biological Indicators (Spore Testing)

 

In-Office and Mail-To-Lab Testing! Verify the sterilization process of all steam sterilizers which include Statim, Midmark, Tuttnauer, Lisa, Mocom and Pelton & Crane sterilizers.

In-Office Testing as low as $1.59/test!

Mail-To-Lab Testing as low as $2.96/week!

Bowie-Dick Tests

 

Bowie-Dick Test Packs should be used daily to evaluate the performance of air-removal (vacuum) system of dynamic pre-vacuum type sterilizers.   Available as test cards or preassembled test packs.  

As low as $2.98 per test!

Chemical Indicators, Class 5 Integrators

 

Internal CI’s should be used within each pouch or package, tray, or container. Class 5 Integrators should be used in conjunction with physical monitoring and biological indicator testing for verifying the efficacy of a sterilization system. (See AAMI ST79:2006) 

Indicator Tape

 

Indicator tapes provide a seal for sterilization packs and an immediate identification of processed items.  Dispensers available for all sizes.

Recordkeeping

 

Recordkeeping is a must for all sterile processing departments.  This ensures accountability and allows operators to trace errors to their source. Tips on sterilizer maintenance and technical advice are included with each book.

Sterilization Crepe Paper

 

Teal green Crepe Paper is compatible with types of sterilization processes including Steam, EO Gas, and Gamma Radiation. Click here to see all sizes!

Sterilization Pouches/Bags

 

Our easy peel-and-seal sterilization pouches work with Steam, Chemical Vapor, and Ethylene Oxide Gas sterilization procedures. Choose from 13 different sizes!

Sterilization Tubing

 

Our high quality sterilizer tubing comes in 3 different sizes. Buy in case quantity and save!

Sterilization Wrap

 

Blue non-woven SMS wrap and teal green crepe paper are compatible for most sterilization processes. Click here for available sizes.

Sterilizer Cleaner

 

Click to view all brands of sterilizer cleaner! We stock Duraclean, Omni-Cleaner, Chamber-Brite.

 

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