Myth busters: No need to bag when sterilizing instruments

Dental assistants are often in charge of the practice’s infection control. This includes bagging instruments for sterilizing, a step that cannot be missed!

What is the purpose of packaging instruments for sterilization?

Packaging materials (e.g., wrapped or container systems) allow penetration of the sterilizing agent and maintain sterility of the processed item after sterilization.

What types of packaging materials are available for sterilizing instruments?

Packaging materials include wrapped perforated instrument cassettes, peel pouches of plastic or paper, and sterilization wraps (which can be woven or unwoven). Packaging materials should be designed for the type of sterilization process being used and should be appropriate for the items being sterilized.



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