| FAQ - Instrument Processing - 2015
Do pouches need to be stored on sides like wrapped cassettes?
Regarding if pouches need to be stored on their sides like wrapped cassettes, Ask OSAP would like to reference the section pertaining to instrument storage from Infection Control and Management of Hazardous Materials for the Dental Team.3 In part, it states:
One should store sterile packages in covered or closed cabinets in dry, enclosed, low-dust areas protected from obvious sources of contamination. One should store sterile packages away from sinks and sewer and water pipes and a few inches away from ceilings, floors and outside walls. This prevents packages from becoming wet with splashed water, floor-cleaning products, and condensation on pipes or walls. One should also store the packages away from heat sources that may make the packaging material brittle and more susceptible to tearing or puncture. 1
It should also be noted that there are different types of pouches. Ask OSAP is not in the position to know the specific handling requirements for all pouches, and if there should be any additional special storage requirements for a specific pouch product. If you have further questions regarding how to use and handle a specific pouch product, it is recommended that you contact the product manufacturer or distributor for further information regarding how to use the product (manufacturer's instructions for use --- IFU).
1) Miller CH. Infection Control and Management of Hazardous Materials for the Dental Team, 5th edition. Elsevier/Mosby Publishers. Pages 128-129, 142.