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Sterilisation in Dentistry

  • Martin R. Fulford
  • Nikolai R. Stankiewicz
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Part of the BDJ Clinician’s Guides book series (BDJCG)

Abstract

Sterilisation is a process that kills all viable microorganisms including resistant bacterial spores. It is impossible, however, to guarantee that every single microbe that is exposed to a particular sterilisation process has been destroyed. It is realistic, nonetheless, to define sterilisation as a process that gives an acceptably low chance, about one in a million that any microorganism will survive.

Further Reading

  1. BS EN 556-1:2001. Sterilization of medical devices. Requirements for medical devices to be designated “STERILE”. Requirements for terminally sterilized medical devices. 2001.Google Scholar
  2. BS EN 556-2:2003. Sterilization of medical devices. Requirements for medical devices to be designated “STERILE”. Requirements for aseptically processed medical devices. 2003.Google Scholar
  3. BS EN 13060:2004. Small steam sterilizers. 2004.Google Scholar
  4. BS EN ISO 11607-1:2006. Packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices. Requirements for materials, sterile barrier systems and packaging systems. 2006.Google Scholar
  5. BS EN ISO 17665-1:2006. Sterilization of health care products. Moist heat. Requirements for the development, validation and routine control of a sterilization process for medical devices. 2006.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin R. Fulford
    • 1
  • Nikolai R. Stankiewicz
    • 2
  1. 1.WedmoreUK
  2. 2.East LydfordUK

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