Sterilization in a Flash

by Infection Control Today

May 1, 2001

Many OR users consider flash sterilization to be some kind of magic process that solves a multitude of inventory problems. In fact, use of flash sterilization requires discipline that few of its users follow. For those medical devices prepared for use by a Central Sterile Processing Department (CSPD), it is a given that sterility can be assured and documentation exists to confirm the status of those devices so prepared. Yet in spite of recommendation to the contrary1, flash sterilization is routinely carried out in operating rooms (ORs) every day, often without regard to process performance. Flash sterilization is the technique used today as an alternative to purchasing additional instrument sets or to save time when sterile instruments are required on short notice.

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