Traditionally the term “flash” has been used to describe situations where an instrument would be sterilized unwrapped in an abbreviated cycle and used quickly post-sterilization without being stored. This term no longer accurately reflects the current use of steam sterilization for situations where an instrument must be used so soon post-sterilization and the accompanying procedure deviations that may come along with it.
Several organization including IAHCSMM, AAMI, AORN, APIC and more have collaborated on a statement offering guidance for healthcare facilities on the proper utilization of immediate-use sterilization techniques and what personnel should be trained on with regard to the practice of making instruments available for “immediate use”.
The full statement may be read here.
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