In order to ascertain that devices are disinfected and/or sterilized, it is not sufficient to only use a particular antimicrobial product or process. Staff should be trained, equipment maintained, and a quality process in place to ensure consistency. An important part of this is the use of quality control monitors and indicators. These include physical monitors, chemical indicators (CIs), biological indicators (BIs), spore test strips and solution test strips.
What Will I Learn?
This study guide will review the differences between disinfection and sterilization, and go into detail describing indicators and test strips and why they are important.
Upon completion of this study guide program, the participant should be able to:
1. Describe the difference between disinfection and sterilization.
2. Identify different quality control monitors available for high-level disinfection and sterilization.