Steam sterilization does not require saturated steam

J.P.C.M. van Doornmalen Gomez Hoyos, A. Paunovic, K. Kopinga

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Abstract

The most commonly applied method to sterilize re-usable medical devices in hospitals is steam sterilization. The essential conditions for steam sterilization are derived from sterilization in water. Microbiological experiments in aqueous solutions have been used to calculate various time–temperature combinations to kill viable micro-organisms [1]. In principle, similar conditions can be realized by the presence of condensate of steam. The Medical Research Council (MRC) adapted the time–temperature combinations of Perkins [1] for steam sterilization, but added ‘a further (safety) period’ [2] to allow for ‘deviations in steam quality’.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-332
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Hospital Infection
Volume97
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017

Keywords

  • Equipment and Supplies
  • Steam
  • Sterilization/instrumentation
  • Temperature

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