The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) States:
"Many veterinary practices are actively monitoring their sterilizers using spore tests due to the rising incidence of MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureas) seen in the veterinary practice."
"AAHA Standards for Accreditation require the use of biological indicators for sterilizer monitoring for all types of sterilization processes. When monitoring is not performed, the veterinary surgical facility is not in compliance with the AAHA guidelines."
The American Dental Association (ADA) states:
"Sterilizer monitoring is an essential part of any in-office infection control program. Third-party monitoring programs may offer more credibility than in-house monitoring."
39 out of 50 states require sterilizer monitoring by dental offices.
37 states require testing on a weekly basis.
According to the ADA, "Sterilizer monitoring is an essential part of any in-office infection control program. Third-party monitoring programs may offer more credibility than in-house monitoring."
The CDC Guidelines for Infection Control states:
“Spore tests are the most accepted method for monitoring the sterilization process. Correct functioning of sterilization cycles should be verified by the periodic use (at least weekly) of biological indicators.”