| FAQ - Instrument Processing - Archived Through 2012
Why is it important to package instruments for sterilization and storage?
Packaging cleaned instruments prior to placing them in the sterilizer is a standard of care that protects instruments and maintains their sterility until they are ready for use on a patient(1). Unprotected instruments may be re-contaminated with dust and spatter or by coming into contact with any number of non-sterile surfaces during transport, storage, tray set-up, and operatory set-up.
CDC/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recommended infection-control practices for dentistry, 1993. MMWR Morbid Mortal Weekly Rep 1993;42(RR-8):1-14. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00021095.htm