washer sterilizers

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.

It has been demonstrated that surgical instrument washers using a neutral pH enzyme surgical instrument cleaning detergent can deliver sterile surgical instruments.

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 washing process.

Click Here to review the APIC Abstract pursuant to washers sterilizing surgical instruments. The study demonstrates that a surgical instrument washer can deliver sterile surgical instruments at the end of the cleaning treatments.

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