Biological Indicators have proven themselves to be extremely valuable tools for verifying sterilization conditions within sterilization cycles over the several decades in which they have been utilized. As many would say, “The bugs don’t lie”. And, what better way to test for the destruction of microorganisms that to test the cycle with highly resistant biological indicator containing a quantified amount of bacterial spores?
Biological Indicators will continue to be the gold standard for sterilization verification, but there are more tools available to provide additional information about cycle parameters and specifics. Used in conjunction with biological indicators, chemical indicators provide an inexpensive supplemental benefit of being able to monitor many more locations within the cycle than may be possible with biological indicators alone.
Chemical Indicators come in a variety of options and all are designed to target the specific information that is sought after. From the Bowie-Dick test, (which tests a sterilizer’s ability to remove all of the air from the chamber) to Class 4, 5 and 6 Integrators and Emulators, chemical indicators can provide valuable information to the user and about the items being sterilized.
To learn more about Mesa’s Chemical Indicator offerings, please see our CI page here or contact us for samples and pricing.
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