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Temperature and humidity in the storage area of sterile materials: a literature review.
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PMID:  23223740     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The recommendations for temperature (T°) and relative humidity (RU) for the storage of sterilized materials in Sterilization Central Supply (SCS) vary according to different sources, and are not based on theoretical frameworks or experiments. The practice shows difficulties in controlling these parameters, leading to doubts regarding the maintenance of the sterility of these materials. This article proposed, through a literature review, to identify and analyze the recommendations for T° and RU for the sterile storage area. We did not find any literature that justifies the referred recommendations. Seven articles were included which analyzed the variables T° and RU in the storage area as factors that could affect the sterility of the materials, and showed contradictory results regarding these factors' interference in maintaining the sterility of the materials.
Authors:
Camila Quartim de Moraes Bruna; Kazuko Uchikawa Graziano
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da U S P     Volume:  46     ISSN:  0080-6234     ISO Abbreviation:  Rev Esc Enferm USP     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0242726     Medline TA:  Rev Esc Enferm USP     Country:  -    
Other Details:
Languages:  ENG; POR     Pagination:  1215-1220     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Departamento de Enfermagem Médico Cirúrgica, Escola de Enfermagem, Universidade de São Paulo, Paulo, SP, Brasil, kugrazia@usp.br.
Vernacular Title:
Temperatura e umidade no armazenamento de materiais autoclavados: revisão integrativa.
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