A Seventh-day Adventist Organization

Sterilization and Waterline Monitoring

Sterilization Assurance Service (SAS)

ADA, CDC, and CDA recommend the use of biological indicators to monitor sterilization on a weekly basis. The Sterilization Assurance Service (SAS) provides two biological monitoring programs, Intensive and Basic, both of which use sport tests. These are reasonably priced, convenient ways to monitor your sterilizers. We have served numerous dental offices, community colleges, special programs, and governmental institutions around the nation since 1998.

We offer the following:

  • Weekly or monthly written reports
  • Professional consultation
  • Long shelf life spore strips
  • A binder for your reports and
    return envelopes
  • Failure notifications via phone
  • A certificate of participation
  • Affordable pricing

Dental Unit Waterline Testing (DUWT)

Loma Linda University School of Dentistry has been identifying potential microbiologic problems in dental unit water lines (DUWLs) since 2000. The CDC guidelines for infection control in Dental Health-care Settings (2003) state that the number of heterotrophic bacteria in water used as a coolant/irrigant for nonsurgical dental procedures should be as low as reasonably achieved, with a minimum of d500 CFU/mL. This is the same regulatory standard that EPA and APHA/AWWA require for safe drinking water. We are actively involved in ANSI/ADA Specification 107 which works with, Chemical agents for the control of biofilm in dental unit water systems and we routinely participate in round robin tests to establish the U.S. standard for the prevention, inactivation, and removal of biofilm from DUWLs. We work closely with manufacturers to evaluate the efficacy of new products for DUWL disinfection by using the standard DUWL biocide test apparatus.

We offer the following:

  • Professional laboratory water testing
  • Reporting of the EXACT heterotrophic bacteria counts
  • Sterilized sample containers and ice packs provided
  • A written report within eight to ten days
  • A certificate after all test results meet CDC goals (d 500 CFU/ml)

Mailing address:
Sterilization Assurance Service
Chan Shun Pavilion, Suite A-1005
11175 Campus St., Loma Linda, CA 92350

Phone: (909)558-8176 Fax: (909)558-0307

Email:
sas@llu.edu

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