SteriLogger’s User Manual
Thank you for purchasing a new SteriLogger™ for your Sterilizer.
It really is a plug and go unit, however, we have included here a list of tips/tricks to ensure your SteriLogger™ runs to the best of its ability to assist office staff with record keeping in the 21st Century.
How does it work?
Your SteriLogger™ reads the cycle information the sterilizer sends out during the cycle. This information is displayed on the SteriLogger’s™ display and recorded to the SD card. The current cycle number is displayed on the top line during the entire cycle. All the cycle files are saved as regular text files on the SD card, easily viewed on your computer and printed out when needed. Our SteriLogger operates silently, no noisy printer disturbing the calm in your office.
Note – Do not remove the SD card during a running cycle or run cycles without the SD card in place as the remaining cycle information will be lost.
OK, so it’s been installed, how do I use it?
You’re all set to go, once installed the SteriLogger™ sits on top of your sterilizer and displays the cycle number during the entire cycle. The SteriLogger™ will now display and record all the cycle information as it comes from the sterilizer and save it to the SD card. Additionally, the time and date are automatically saved to each file and optionally, the sterilizer’s serial number and your practice name can be added to each file as well.
Your cycle files are arranged on the SD card under Year and Month folders. We do recommend you make copies of the files to a computer on a regular basis. You do not need to delete the files from the SD card, many years of cycle data can be stored on the card. The SD card that is included will technically hold 17 years’ worth of data, however, we suggest you change out the SD card after every calendar year.
Once installed, place the SteriLogger™ on top of your sterilizer. Do not place the SteriLogger™ in the printer cavity. Always position the SteriLogger™ back 2 inches from the front of the sterilizer to avoid escaping steam. For the Statim sterilizer, the top may not be the best place, as that is often used for the cassette when not in use.
Do I need to print out every cycle?
With our SteriLogger™, you can visually verify the sterilizers’ cycle information right from the display on the SteriLogger™. This patented feature replays the cycle data after your cycle is complete. This will replay continuously until you start the next cycle. You do not need to remove the SD card after each cycle. Wait until you see “cycle complete” on the SteriLogger™, then watch as the pertinent information is replayed repeatedly in 15-second loops.
You are then able to visually verify that all the parameters were met and then can start the next cycle.
Visual verification is a requirement of the PIDAC (Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee) guidelines and our patented replay function was designed to ensure your office is meeting those guidelines.
We still recommend removing the SD card weekly and back up the data to your computer. Please make sure the sterilizer is not running a cycle when you take the SD card out. Do not delete the stored information on the SD Card. The card will hold many years of data. If you want to use another SD card get a 16GB size card. Remember to safely eject the SD card from your computer.
Proper procedure for removal of your SD Card from your computer
Please do not pull out the SD card from your computer without properly ejecting it. The instructions are included with the purchase of your SteriLogger™.
- Click the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the system tray, near the clock. A pop-up menu will appear listing the devices that can be removed. …
- Click the item you want to remove on the pop-up menu. …
- When you see a pop-up message saying that it’s safe to remove the hardware, you can unplug the SD card.
Please follow them if you are unsure of how to safely remove the SD card from the computer. Although It may be tempting to just pull it out without properly ejecting it, the memory card could become corrupted, and the information stored on the SD card will become unreadable.
Should this happen we offer a service to recover the data, although we will do our best to recover the corrupted files the are no guarantees the data is still intact. Please contact our office for this service.
Rebooting your SteriLogger™
Rebooting your SteriLogger™ may be necessary if you interrupt your sterilization cycle for whatever reason, if you run a cycle without your SD card in the SteriLogger™ or if you experience a power outage and see odd characters on your display screen. This process is very easy to do and just requires you to unplug your sterilizer (ensure the SD card is in the SteriLogger™), count to 15 seconds and plug the sterilizer back in. This will reset your SteriLogger™.
My computer does not have an SD card slot, how do I read the files from the SD card?
You will need an SD to USB adapter, these card readers allow you to use the USB port on your computer to read the files from the SD card. A card reader adapter can be obtained at your local department/electronics store and are inexpensive.
Can I get a wireless version?
If you would like to have a wireless option, Toshiba has a wireless SDcard (Flash-Air) for your SteriLogger™. Then you just download the app to your phone/tablet and you can see all the sterilizer cycle files on your device. Be aware that wireless could potentially leave your confidential records vulnerable to hacking from anyone with a cell phone and some time on their hands, should this happen, your records could be altered or erased. Not very secure! We developed our SteriLogger™ so that only your office has access to your confidential records.
What else is required to keep proper records?
There is some information that no data logging system can know, who is running the sterilizer? what’s in the load? and was the sterilization cycle parameters verified? (min temp and min pressure) It is therefore required that a log be kept and filled in by the person doing the sterilizing. To the best of our understanding, this log should at a minimum include these items with the cycle number for each load. With this log and the cycle data from the SteriLogger™, you have complete records.
Why is the time of the saved cycle files behind by 1 hour?
This SteriLogger™ unit is factory set to your time zone when you order it. The unit does not adjust for Daylight saving time, so the time on your cycle files is your local Standard Time (UTC).