What can I sterilize in my STERRAD® and how is it tested?
This page explains the ASP’s Instrument Validation Process and the STERRAD® Sterility Guide (SSG)
If you just need information on the devices you can sterilize and how, then please go directly to the SSG website
ASP’s Instrument Validation Process
The devices within the STERRAD® sterility claims have been tested as part of the ASP’s Instrument Validation Process. The Program involves intense testing of medical devices, which undergo different sterilization cycles in STERRAD® Systems. Each device is tested in a specific test lab, following ISO 14937 standards to reach sterility assurance 10-6, material compatibility and functionality.
Devices that pass the sterility assurance level, material compatibility and functionality tests of the Program are:
- added to the STERRAD® Sterility Guide - an online resource that provides customers with a list of devices that are within STERRAD® sterility claims.
- added to the MDM's Instructions for Use (IFU) that specify how to sterilize in STERRAD® Systems.
This gives your Central Sterilization Supply Department (CSSD) a large range of devices approved for STERRAD® Sterilization that meet operation efficiency and surgical schedules.
What is STERRAD® Sterility Guide (SSG)?
- It is an online tool that provides customers with a list of devices that fall within STERRAD® sterility claims.
- A database of over 23,000 device listings that have been tested to meet STERRAD® Systems’ claims for sterility.
- The most comprehensive resource of instrument validations from the device manufacturers, detailing compatibility with STERRAD® system and cycle options for a wide variety of instrument types.
- A user-friendly platform which enables you to maintain your own inventory for quick and easy reference.
The SSG can be accessed via the SSG website, which is also optimized for mobile devices.
Why Health Care Professionals feel confident using SSG?
- All medical devices listed in SSG are supported by written authorization from the manufacturer
- All medical devices listed in SSG fall within approved sterility claims
- SSG contains manufacturer's notations to assist customers with any specific instructions for use (IFU) when needed
- New devices are constantly added to the SSG
- All medical devices listed in SSG are reviewed on a yearly basis
- MDMs reach out to ASP during product development for advice on how to design new devices for sterilization in STERRAD® Systems