January 21, 2021

AAMI releases four amendments to steam sterilization standard

By: Judy Mathias

Editor's Note

The Association for Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), on January 20, released four amendments to the “ANSI/AAMI ST79 Comprehensive guide to steam sterilization and sterility assurance in healthcare facilities.”

Among the additions:

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  • recommendations and clarifications for maintaining the integrity of the sterile processing area, including common sense additions, such as no food or drink in the area
  • recommendations on how often sterilizers in healthcare facilities should be cleaned
  • recommendations for instrument inspection processes, recognizing that borescopes and ATP monitoring enable more thorough inspections.

The amended document is available at https://www.aami.org/standards/ansi-aami-st79 .


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