S.M.A.R.T. PackĀ® Autoclave Vacuum Indicator

Last Review Date: April 2, 2018

I. Purpose

The Getinge Assure S.M.A.R.T. Pack Green ® is an indicator system for determining if the autoclave is forming a vacuum suitable for effective sterilization.

II. Responsibility
The LAR staff is responsible for knowing how to use the test pack to check for mechanical air removal (vacuum) in both autoclaves. Autoclaves are located in HSB and South Skaggs animal facilities. One test pack is used in each autoclaves once each month. SMART Packs are stored at room temperature in HSB009 cupboard.

III. Procedure

  • Record S.M.A.R.T. Pack in autoclave log book
  • Turn on autoclave if not on and let it warm up (autoclave is set to come on automatically at 6 a.m. every morning).
  • Push autoclave door down to open.
  • Place the test pack in the horizontal position on the lowest shelf (above the drain) in an otherwise empty autoclave.
  • Select Cycle 7 (labeled SMART Pack). Cycle is for 3 minutes.
  • Push autoclave door up to close.
  • After door has sealed, the green "Start" light will flash and the monitor will display "Standby."
  • Press "Start" button.
  • When cycle is complete, push autoclave door down to open.
  • The autoclave will be hot, use caution.
  • Wear gloves when removing the test pack.
  • Push autoclave door up to close.
  • Open the test pack using the tear strip and remove the test sheet from the center of the pack.
  • Attach test strip sheet into S.M.A.R.T. Pack Log Book in HS009C. 
  • Interpret the results as follows:
    • Complete color change from white to pink: satisfactory vacuum
    • Incomplete color change or lack of color: incomplete air removal
      • Call Maintenance to service autoclave (243-6091.
  • File test sheet (from middle of test pack) in S.M.A.R.T. Pack notebook located in HS009
  • Always check expiration  date on SMART Pack prior to use