Weekly testing with biological indicators (i.e., spore testing) has been the standard of practice in dental healthcare settings since the CDC guidelines came out in 1993. The guidelines were re-affirmed in 2003 and another update is pending. Additionally at least 30 State Dental Boards have official statements and laws which require weekly testing.
However what is less often observed in these guidelines, but no less important, is that fact the chemical indicators should be used in every pack or pouch. Chemical indicators help dental office staff members identify process from unprocessed items and can also help to detect gross sterilizer malfunction. More recently, advancements have been made in technology that have created even more effective indicators. Multi-parameter indicators ‘integrate’ three essential components of the sterilization process: time, temperature and steam, hence the name integrator.
The ProChem SSW steam sterilization integrator from Mesa Labs should be used in coordination with your weekly spore testing to help improve the levels of infection control in your office. When processed along with a load it indicates, with a margin of safety, whether the proper steam sterilization criteria have been achieved. ProChem SSW Integrators were tested in a BIER (Biological Indicator Evaluator Resistometer) vessel at various time and temperature intervals in order to estimate the time required at each temperature to reach the accept window. Use ProChem SSW Class 5 Integrators in 118-135°C gravity, flash or pre-vacuum cycles. We recommend using at least one in each cycle or at least once daily to provide additional information on the effectiveness of your sterilizer.
For further information on any of our sterilization products or to order chemical indicators or integrators, please contact the team at Mesa Labs Traverse City today.