Archive October 2018 XIX, No. 10

Ideas That Work: No Seal, No Deal

Do Your Retention Plates Pass the 'Wiggle' Test?

Beyond Clean Consulting
PINS + PLATES Inspect the retention pins on your rigid sterilization container lids after every use to confirm a tight seal.

Here’s a quick way to confirm that the lids on your rigid sterilization containers that use round filters are sealed tight. I call it the “wiggle” test. Inspect the retention pins on your container lids after every use to confirm a proper seal is still possible once you’ve put the filter retention plate in place. If the retention pin is loose or bent, the plate may still be able to wiggle — even if you hear the “click” of a retention plate locking into place. If technicians find this kind of damage, they should take the container lid out of service immediately because the sterile barrier is compromised.

Hank Balch, BS, MDiv, CRCST, CER, CIS, CHL
Beyond Clean Consulting
San Antonio, Texas

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