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Sterilization Monitoring

Why should I be concerned about sterilization monitoring?

Regular monitoring of dental office sterilizers is necessary to detect any failure in the delivery of sterile instruments required for safe healthcare. With the increased awareness of the transmission of infectious diseases, it has become necessary to prevent any cross-infection. Regular biological monitoring of your sterilizers will give you confidence and your patients peace of mind.

Are there any legal requirements for sterilization procedures?

The State Board of Dental Examiners in the State of Texas and many other states requires that dental office sterilizers be monitored with biological indicators on a weekly basis. The American Dental Association and the Centers for Disease Control also require weekly monitoring.

How can I verify that my sterilizer is working properly?

Although chemical indicators are used to determine the sterilization of instruments, these are not surefire ways to verify sterility. The proper use of biological indicators (BI) will tell you if the sterilizer is working according to the manufacturer's specifications, running at optimum temperature, being operated with the recommended load for that cycle, and whether the treatment time is adequate.

How can CDMS at Texas A&M College of Dentistry help me assure proper sterilization?

We offer a sterilization monitoring service using BIs. Here is how it works:

  • We mail you the sporestrip and instructions.
  • You expose the sporestrip to a sterilization cycle.
  • You return the sporestrip to us.
  • We process the returned sporestrip to determine the effectiveness of sterilization.
  • In case of failure, we call you to help identify/correct the problem.
  • We mail you a report of your latest test results, along with the next sporestrip.
  • We provide a yearly written Summary Report.

You will also receive:

  • A framable certificate of participation
  • Return address labels
  • Information on infection control products (upon request)

Our contact information can be found at Contacts.

Sterilization Monitoring Service Fee Schedule
(for one full year)

Sterilization Monitoring Service Fee Schedule
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