It is widely understood that washer sterilizers do not sterilize surgical Instruments. Then why do we call them washer sterilizers?
Surgical instrument washers were referred to as washer sterilizers by manufacturers prior to the FDA regulations that require approval for a products marketing terminology is based on evidence of product efficacy. Products such as washer sterilizers that were manufactured prior to the the FDA Regulations can continue to call their products by their pre-regulation terminology. The only products that can be called washer sterilizers are those that were being manufactured prior to the enactment of the FDA Regulations.
Surgical instrument washers are not intended to be washer sterilizers. One research study states: All instruments and utensils tested were sterile at the completion of the process.
It has been demonstrated that a surgical instrument washer can consistently deliver surgical instruments that are sterile at the end of the cleaning treatments.
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