Methods of Heat Sterilization

Can Our Sterile Technician Certification Course Help You Learn All Secrets of Sterilization?

In order to learn all the benefits and disadvantages of different sterilization methods and understand when the best time is to use each of them, you need to pass a special sterile technician certification course. In order to help you get an idea about what type of practical knowledge this course will give you, we will provide you with a little more free information about the basic methods of heat sterilization which are used in private clinics, public medical facilities, and dental care offices.

Steam. Gravity displacement and pre-vacuum.

  • Sterilization conditions:
  • 15-30 min at 250 °F
  • 3 – 10 min at 270 °F
  • Advantages
  • This method is time efficient.
  • Offers good penetration.
  • Can be used with packaged items.
  • Offers the ability to process a wide range of materials without destruction.
  • Disadvantages/Precautions
  • Corrosion of non-stainless steel metal items.
  • May not use closed containers.
  • Possible deposits from using hard water
  • May leave the instruments wet at the end of the cycle.
  • May damage heat sensitive plastics and rubber items.
  • May dull certain sharp items.

Unsaturated chemical vapor.

  • Sterilization conditions:
  • 2 min at 270 °F
  • Advantages
  • Time efficient.
  • No corrosion or rust
  • The items are completely dry after the cycle.
  • Disadvantages/Precautions
  • Special solutions may be required. These solutions may result in hazardous waste.
  • Adequate ventilation is required.
  • The items must be thoroughly dried before processing.
  • Heat-sensitive plastics may be damaged.
  • This method may not be appropriate for handpieces.

Dry heat. Uses static air.

  • Sterilization conditions:
  • 60 – 120 min at 320 °F
  • Advantages
  • No corrosion or rust.
  • Does not dull sharp instruments.
  • The items are completely dry after the cycle.
  • Closed containers may be used if spore test is used to confirm an appropriate kill.
  • Disadvantages/Precautions
  • Heat-sensitive plastic or rubber objects may be damaged.
  • The items must be thoroughly dried before processing.
  • Long cycle time.
  • This method may not be appropriate for handpieces.
  • Forced air (convection).
  • Sterilization conditions:
  • 15 min at 375°F
  • Advantages
  • time efficient method.
  • No corrosion or rust.
  • The items are completely dry after the cycle.
  • Does not dull sharp instruments.
  • Disadvantages/Precautions
  • Heat-sensitive, plastic or rubber objects may be damaged.
  • The items must be thoroughly dried before processing.
  • This method may not be appropriate for handpieces.

If you want to learn more about heat sterilization or details about other sterilization methods, then do not hesitate to join the sterile technician certification course which Central Sterilization Solutions conducts in Riverside, CA. For more information about the next available days when you can sign up, call (855) 234-6770!

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