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Sterilization and Disinfection of Patient-Care Items in Oral Healthcare Settings

Course Number: 474

Quality Assurance

Quality assurance of the sterilization process is predicated on the assessment of three types of indicators: physical, chemical, and biological. In combination, these indicators evaluate both the sterilizing conditions and the procedure’s effectiveness. The results of physical, chemical, and biological monitoring must be documented in a sterilization monitoring record. Finally, as part of quality assurance, a maintenance record must also be kept on each sterilizer.