Helix Test Kit
90-1119Regular price $198.00
Helix Test should be used to judge the accuracy of your steam autoclave. The test will measure how effectively the steam in your autoclave penetrates your hollow instruments; and therefore how well it sterilises them. A Helix Test can be carried out with a Helix Test Kit.
A Helix Test should be conducted daily on pre-vacuum sterilisers that process solid or hollow loads on a Class B cycle. This includes many autoclaves, which sterilise a wide variety of hollow instruments throughout the day in a busy medical practice. A Helix Test will ensure that every cycle you put through your autoclave is 100% sterilised, with zero chance of passing on infections to other patients.
Because many instruments are both thin and hollow, it’s paramount to make sure that there are no air pockets created in the autoclave chamber. These will prevent the steam from reaching the inside of the longest, thinnest hollow instruments. A Helix Test Kit will tell you whether your autoclaves steam penetration is strong enough, through viewing a chemical indicator.
Best practice guaranteed
By carrying out a Helix Test daily on your autoclave, you can rest assured that your medical practice is meeting the appropriate requirements regarding the sterilisation of instruments. It also means that your patients are safe from infection, and your practice can avoid horror stories. Having a Helix Test Kit in your medical practice ensures that patient safety is always at the forefront.
Conducting a Helix Test every day will also provide you with detailed records on the performance of your autoclave and sterilisation of your instruments. This may come in handy down the track if you do have a case of patient infection. These records will allow you to look back and see that your autoclave was performing to standard on the day your patient contracted an infection, and allow you to rule out contraction from the instruments sterilised that day.
A Helix Test will also alert you to when your autoclave needs to be serviced or replaced. If you are continually presented with negative test results, it’s a definite sign that your autoclave needs attention.