| FAQ - Instrument Processing - Archived Through 2012
When using a computerized sterilizer, do you still need to do monitoring?
Biological monitoring (spore-testing) is still the medico-legal standard for sterilizer quality assurance and is required by many state dental practice acts. There are a number of factors that contribute to sterilization failure that the computer simply cannot acknowledge. The most frequent cause of sterilization failure is operator error, not malfunction of the sterilizer. The use of a biological indicator helps provide assurance that all aspects of sterilization, including both the mechanical and the procedural, are being performed as intended. If the sterilizer has a recording printer, the printout should be maintained in the sterilization log, along with the results of spore-testing.