Sure-Check Pouches with built-in internal/external multi-parameter steam sterilization indicators confirm all sterilization criteria—time, temperature and presence of steam.
Until now, due to limitations in technology, sterilization pouches have had only single parameter chemical indicators printed on either the inside or outside of the pouch. Although convenient, these “process” indicators only react to a single sterilization parameter…temperature! They do not completely guarantee all conditions of sterilization.
Crosstex Sure-Check Sterilization Pouches:
- Give you the assurance of confirming all 3 sterilization parameters: time, temperature and presence of steam with an internal/external multi-parameter steam indicator printed directly on the pouch (patent pending)
- Eliminate the extra step of adding separate multi-parameter indicators to each pouch
- Provide you with both convenience and economy
- Meet CDC Infection Control Guidelines for effective sterilization
- Are tested and certified by an independent laboratory to validate the indicators as requiring time, temperature and sterilant contact to change color
- Follow ISO standards for chemical indicators with stringent pass and fail criteria
- Receive a “Certificate of Performance” from the testing laboratory for each production lot
- Sure-Check Pouches, when used in conjunction with weekly biological indicators, provide the highest level of sterility assurance
Successful sterilization of instruments and materials is critical for everyone’s safety!
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that dental professionals monitor their sterilization procedures through a combination of mechanical, chemical, and biological techniques to ensure their effectiveness. Furthermore, according to ISO standards and CDC infection control guidelines, items must be exposed to all 3 parameters of sterilization: time, temperature and presence of steam to ensure effective sterilization.
The CDC has identified a number of common factors that can influence the effectiveness of sterilization and the problems that can result (Source: CDC, Sterilization Monitoring).
- Improper cleaning of instruments
- Improper packaging
- Wrong packaging material for the method of sterilization
- Excessive packaging material
- Improper loading or overloading of the sterilizer
- No separation between packages or cassettes even without overloading
- Improper timing and temperature
- Incorrect operation of the sterilizer