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Sterilization of reusable implant components: a pilot study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11125346     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM: The placement and restoration of dental implants require the use of numerous reusable instruments and components. The adequate sterilization of reusable instruments and components is essential to prevent cross contamination between patients. Sterilization usually is accomplished with single-use sterilization envelopes. A reusable sterilization vehicle would reduce costs as well as the waste generated in patient care. PURPOSE: This study was designed to determine the efficacy of a 10-cc Pyrex test tube as a sterilization vehicle for reusable dental implant instruments and components. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In this study, a reusable dental implant component was placed in a Pyrex test tube, along with a biologic test strip. A control biologic test strip was kept for each test tube. The test tube was closed with a cotton roll folded in half and placed in the opening. Twenty test tubes were prepared. five sets of 4 test tubes were placed in an autoclave in different locations with varying orientations. The autoclave completed a standard sterilization cycle. RESULTS: The biological monitoring service indicated that the biologic test strips in 100% of the test tubes were sterile, whereas the control strips were 100% nonsterile. CONCLUSION: A Pyrex test tube sealed with a cotton roll can serve as a sterilization vehicle for reusable dental implant instruments and components.
J R Cain; D L Mitchell; J C Gillespie
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of prosthetic dentistry     Volume:  84     ISSN:  0022-3913     ISO Abbreviation:  J Prosthet Dent     Publication Date:  2000 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-02-02     Completed Date:  2001-02-02     Revised Date:  2009-11-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376364     Medline TA:  J Prosthet Dent     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  608-11     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
College of Dentistry, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City 73190, Okla., USA.
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MeSH Terms
Bacillus subtilis
Dental Implants* / microbiology,  statistics & numerical data
Equipment Contamination / statistics & numerical data
Equipment Reuse / statistics & numerical data
Geobacillus stearothermophilus
Pilot Projects
Sterilization / instrumentation,  methods*,  statistics & numerical data
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Dental Implants

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