number and types of viable microorganisms with which an
contaminated; this is also called
bioload or microbial load. Bioburden is microorganisms
existing on a product, instrument, device and/or
important step to
all reusable medical devices is thorough cleaning and
rinsing. This doesn’t kill microorganisms, but removes
the bioburden masses, which is then followed by a
sterilization process. Prior to
cleaning, instruments should be presoaked in enzymatic
solution and thoroughly rinsed afterwards. This loosens
the bioburden to allow for thorough cleaning of the
are many different types of medical devices which
include trays, containers, instruments, etc., it is
therefore critical that users follow manufacturer’s
recommendations for proper cleaning, prior to
disinfection or sterilization.
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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)
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