What is biological sterilization?

What is biological sterilization?

Biological indicators, or spore tests, are the most accepted means of monitoring sterilization because they assess the sterilization process directly by killing known highly resistant microorganisms (e.g., Geobacillus or Bacillus species).

What does biological indicator mean?

Biological indicator refer to organisms, species or community whose characteristics show the presence of specific environmental conditions. Other terms used are indicator organism, indicator plant and indicator species.

How is a biological indicator used in an autoclave?

The PCD containing the BI and/or a chemical indicator should be placed in the most challenging location in the chamber. In a steam sterilizer, this is typically on the bottom shelf near the drain. Upon completion of the cycle, the PCD is taken out and the BI is incubated. After incubation the BI result is read.

What are two types of biological indicators?

There are at least three forms of biological indicators: (1) spores are added to a carrier and then packaged to maintain the integrity of the inoculated carrier; (2) spore suspensions, which in turn can be inoculated directly onto units to be sterilized; (3) self-contained BIs, which are designed so that the primary …

What are geobacillus stearothermophilus spores?

Geobacillus stearothermophilus (formerly Bacillus stearothermophilus) is a thermophilic, aerobic bacterium, which produces heat-resistant spores. It forms biofilms attaching to stainless steel surfaces in dairy plants.

What are the different types of biological indicators?

What is the difference between chemical indicator and biological indicator?

A biological indicator is used to ensure the chamber of your autoclave is getting completely saturated in the sterilization process. And the Chemical Indicators are used to be certain the steam is covering the entire load, and that the instruments are receiving the necessary amount of steam for proper sterilization.

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