Flash Guard Operating Instructions
Flash Guard™ Sterilization Container and Transport System
1. Place properly cleaned instruments into a stainless steel instrument basket (WBS) and place the basket into the Flash-Guard™ container.
a. NOTE: An instrument rack (IRS) can be used for one or two items, or an insert basket (IWBS) can be used to separate sharp or delicate instruments and sits inside the larger instrument basket (WBS).
- Insert a Flash Integrator through the open exhaust port and position it under the basket or rack near the exhaust port, allowing the end of the integrator to extend out through the opening.
- Position the Flash Guard™ in the autoclave with the exhaust port in the fully open position, facing toward the operator. Slide the lid forward so at least a three (3) inch opening is created on the rear portion of the Flash Guard™ unit. This is essential for proper steam circulation. Proceed with flash sterilization using recommended guidelines and following autocllave manufacturer's operator instructions for flash sterilization. Then, remove the unit from the autoclave, sliding it onto the transfer cart. Lifting the unit is not recommended or necessary; the universal handle can also be used to pull the container onto the cart. The Flash Guard™ unit is now ready for sterile transport to the point of use.
- Wehn the sterilization cycle is complete, open the sterilizer, remove and read the integrator, and place it onto the lid. Slide the lid closed and close the exhaust door. Using the universal handle, slide the lid to the closed position. Then, swing the exhaust door closed.
- The door will be ready to be snapped shut by using the rubble handle to latch the door completely.
The density of water with the steam entering into an autoclave varies greatly from one facility to another. As a result of this fact and the lack of a dry cycle, some condensation may accumulate during the flash cycle. If the flash cycle meets the parameters as outlined by the AAMI, then the condensation is sterile. Reminder: Flash sterilization is for immediate use only.
As with any sterilization process, we strongly advise adherence to recommended practices as established in AAMI, AORN, JCAHO and OSHA guidelines.
For more information, please contact Millennium Surgical at 1.800.600.0428