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STERILIZATION AND DISINFECTION

  • Process indicators:
  • Are usually strips, tape, or paper products marked with special ink that changes color with exposure to heat, steam, or chemical vapor. The ink changes color when the item being processed have been subjected to Sterilizing conditions.
    • Biologic indicators:
    • Are usually preparations of nonpathogenic bacterial spores that serve as a challenge to a specific method of sterilization. If a sterilization method destroys spore forms that are highly resistant to that method, it is logical to assume that all other life forms, including viruses, have also destroyed.

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