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Unformatted text preview: Handpiece Sterilization Techniques-only autoclave and chemical, temp should not exceed 275 F Sterilization Monitoring- difficult to determine when item is sterile Physical monitoring-recoding pressure, time and temp Chemical monitoring:-Process indicators (external)-outside of instrument package, indicates at certain Temp only-Process integrators (internal)-inside of instrument package, indicates pressure, temp and time. It does NOT indicate sterility!!! Biologic monitoring (spore-test) ONLY way to determine sterility, All bacteria killed, do it weekly. Placed outside the instrument package in middle of the tray Biologic strip indicators:-Positive culture - spores survive - sterilization failed-Negative culture - spores killed - successful sterilization Sterilization Failure-Overload bags / cycle, -improper instrument precleaning/packaging, -sterilization not used properly...
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- Spring '10