Record keeping is a critical component of any sterilization monitoring protocol. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the Organization for Safety and Asepsis Prevention (OSAP), all recommend keeping a log for the purpose of recording daily sterilization records.
With each sterilization cycle, it is advised to document all mechanical parameters as well as the results of any biological and chemical indicators. Sterilization records should be maintained in accordance with local (state) recommendations. We advise keeping these records for a minimum of 3 years.
In addition, records for all maintenance and repairs of your sterilizer should be kept, including: date, reasons, description, parts replaced or repaired, and any subsequent retesting results. Inspectors may request to view your records to ensure that mechanical, chemical, and biological monitoring is being properly performed and recorded. Complete and accurate records will also provide documentation should a legal dispute regarding alleged negligence occur.
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