Steam Sterilization Integrator Strips

Last Review Date: December 29, 2020

I. Purpose

Getinge steam sterilization integrator strips indicate exposure to autoclave conditions which will achieve sterilization - the proper combination of time and temperature in the presence of steam.

The integrator reacts with a linear scale measuring time, temperature, and steam using a melted chemical to a precise endpoint for accurate sterilization in vacuum steam sterilizers.

II. Instructions For Use

  • Always check the expiration date on the package of Integrator Strips prior to use.
  • Use one steam sterilization integrator strip in each autoclave load.
  • Tape one steam integrator strip to a bedding bag and place that bag in the middle of the load to be autoclaved. For other types of loads, place or tape the strip such that it is in the middle of the load.
  • Autoclave on "bedding" setting (or other settings as indicated by the type of load).
  • After the sterilization process is completed, observe the integrator strip
    • If the bar has reached the "FINISH" line, it is safe to assume that loads containing the Getinge Sterilization Integrator have been exposed to sterilizing conditions
    • If the bar has not advanced to the "FINISH" line, safety requirements for sterilization have not been met. Reprocessing is recommended.