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Visit the previous page ‘In-Office Biological Monitoring’ for CDC Sterilization Recommendations and an overview of biological monitoring.
WHAT IS MAIL-IN SPORE TESTING?
Spore strips are small pieces of filter paper impregnated with nonpathogenic bacterial spores (e.g., Geobacillusstearothermophilus and Bacillus atrophaeus) encased in a protective glassine envelope. After processing, the spore test envelope is sent to a laboratory where the paper strip is aseptically transferred to a test tube containing sterile culture media and then incubated.
Some of the advantages to mail-in biological monitoring verses in-office biological monitoring include:
- Compatibility with dry heat, chemical, EtO and steam sterilizers.
- Test results in as little as 24 hours* for steam, 72 hours for chemical, 7 days for dry heat and EtO (*upon receipt of spore strips in our laboratory).
- Your choice of immediate test failure notification by fax or email with a follow-up phone call the next day from one of our clinical consultants. Sterilization results are faxed or emailed quarterly and annually.
- Results online 24 hours a day on our secure, confidential web site.
- Complimentary reminder service that provides either a fax or email alert notification of a missed test date.
- Third party documentation of test results provides a tangible record when proof of testing must be provided.
- One of the most cost-effective methods of biological monitoring.
- Highly resistant dual-species bacterial spores provide the most reliable method of testing for an effective sterilization cycle.
- US Food and Drug Administration cleared.
Click play to learn about proper placement of biological indicator spore test strips and how to properly insert into your mail-in envelope so that your test is properly processed.