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12" x 19" Self-Sealing Sterilization Pouch

12" x 19" Self-Sealing Sterilization Pouch

Sterilization pouches make sure that dental instruments and other tools are stored in a sterile environment. These pouches keep contaminants and infections from spreading during handling and storage. After being washed, instruments must be placed in the pouches to ensure that they remain clean until their next use. No patient wants dusty tools to be placed in their mouth. To use, fold the perforation back and crease with the protective strip still in place. Fold back into place. Using clean gloves and other personal protective equipment, load the cleaned instruments into the pouch. Make sure they are dry, and ensure that the bag is not overfilled. We recommend filling the bag ¾ full to avoid over stuffing. Make sure the instruments don’t pierce the package. Once the bag is filled to the correct capacity, expel as much air from the pouch as possible. Remove the strip from the adhesive. Fold at perforated line to get a tight seal. The adhesive should adhere 50% on the paper and 50% on the plastic. Do not fold the adhesive past the perforation. The combination of adhering to plastic and paper ensures the airtight seal that keeps your instruments and tools sterile. Store the pouches until you are ready to use them. Not only do the pouches help with sterilization but they can help your dental lab stay more organized by storing instruments together in one location.

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  • After instruments have been cleaned, they must be placed in sterile bags or pouches to ensure that they remain sterile until their next use. This is true for nail technicians, dentists, and other medical professionals. Knowing you’re getting clean and sterile instruments is a very calming thought when sitting in the dentist chair.
  • These self-sterilization pouches help ensure the safety of staff members and dental patients alike. These pouches are approved by the FDA as a medical device to sterilize equipment and protect tools against contamination during handling. The pouches protect the contents from spreading infection or being infected.
  • Not only do these pouches help with sterilization but they also improve organization. These pouches act as organizers as they keep dental tool kits together so all the instruments are in the same place.

Do you know how to load?

Having an autoclave in good working condition is just the beginning. You also need to ensure your teammates know how to load instruments and packs correctly for optimal results.

  • An autoclave should never be overloaded. It is better to run two cycles with smaller loads, than a single cycle with an autoclave filled to the brim. Sadly, overloading happens much more frequently than practitioners realize.
  • Pouches should not be stacked horizontally. Instead, they should be placed flat and sterilized one at a time. This is called “single height loading.”
  • If you place a pouch flat, the paper side should face up, and the plastic side should face down. This allows moisture to escape through the paper side (hot air goes up).
  • Pouches placed vertically (i.e. side by side on a rack) should have enough air between them to allow for ventilation. You can purchase commercial racks made for this purpose.
  • Pouches should not touch the inner sides of the autoclave, as the inside gets hot and can burn them.
  • Ensure instruments are clean and dry before wrapping them.
  • At the end of a cycle, the door should be open as soon as possible to allow the equipment to dry and to prevent items from burning due to excessive heat exposure.
  • Instrument packs should not touch each other in the autoclave so that steam can circulate between them.
  • Remember that sterilization tape only means the surface of a pack was sterilized. It does not ensure the deepest part of the pack is sterile. This is the reason why a sterilization strip must be placed deep inside a pack (not in the top layer, as is often done).

Following these simple guidelines will help ensure true sterilization has been accomplished.

Case Information

Case Contents
Case of 600

Case Weight
26lb

Case Dimension
20x13x8

Pallet Information

Cases Per Pallet
60

Pallet Weight
1580lb

Pallet Dimension
40x48x70