| FAQ - Instrument Processing - Archived Through 2012
Is a sterilization log required indicating the cycle, length, type of load processed?
This is required in hospitals and other institutional settings by agencies that accredit these facilities. No national mandate requires such a log in a private practice dental office, but requirements in individual states can vary. For example, Indiana requires that sterilizer time(s) and temperature(s) be documented in the dental office infection control manual. Contact your state dental licensing agency to determine if similar requirements exist in your area(1). Because recordkeeping can play a role in risk management, it may be wise to consult your attorney for advice on maintaining such records.
(1) The Dental Student Network list of state licensing agencies. Available at http://www.studentdoctor.net/dental/state_boards.html