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Manager's Guide to Infection Control - May 2016

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3 2 S U P P L E M E N T T O O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E M A Y 2 0 1 6 S terilization is an automated routine. After surgical instruments are cleaned and decontaminated, after assembled trays are blue- wrapped or dropped in rigid containers and placed in the auto- clave, the steam does all the work. Or does it? To the next user, a sterile instrument may look just like a non-sterile one. How can they be sure that the sterilizer has done its job? Physical, chemical and bio- logical monitoring methods go a long way toward answering that question. Physical proof When they're used correctly, sterilization assurance indicators can verify the integrity of your sterilizer. They provide an accurate account of what has occurred during the steam sterilization process and a confirmation that the items in the autoclave have been exposed to conditions that effectively termi- Making Sure It's Sterile • SURE THING The Type 1 chemical indicator tape that seals blue-wrapped packages differentiates processed from unprocessed instruments. Sterilization assurance shows you what you can't see. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN Sharon A. Van Wicklin, MSN, RN, CNOR, CRNFA, CPSN, PLNC | Denver, Colo.

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