What else is required to keep proper records?
There is some information that no data logging system can know, (well now there is, check out our Steri-Scan™ system!) who is running the sterilizer? What’s in the load? Was the sterilization cycle parameters verified? 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. Please note that you are also required to use class 4/5 bags and BI’s as needed and recorded by the person in charge of sterilizing.
All this is now available with our newest offering, The Steri-Scan system. A complete integrated, paper less record keeping system for your sterilizing bay.
How does it work?
This 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 more 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.
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. Once your cycle is complete (this includes the Dry Cycle), then the pertinent sterilization phase information is replayed repeatedly on the SteriLogger™ display in 15-second loops.
You are then able to visually verify that all the parameters were met and then you can start the next cycle. The important parts are the minimum temperature and minimum pressure.
These two parameters must be at or above the selected cycle set points.
Example: you have selected a 270° F at 30 psi 5 min cycle. The cycle is complete and the SteriLogger™ displays “Min 271.7 F 30.4 P”, this is a pass.
These two minimums should be recorded on the log sheet and meets your requirement to visually verify the cycle.
Visual verification is a requirement of the PIDAC guidelines and our patented replay function was designed to ensure your office is meeting the guidelines.
We still recommend removing the SD card weekly and back up the data to your computer. Do not delete the stored cycle information on the SD Card. Many years of cycle information can be held on the SD card. Should you want to use another SD card we recommend a 16 GB brand name card.
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 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™.
Can I get a wireless version?
If you would like to have a wireless option, Toshiba has a wireless SD card known as a FlashAir card for your SteriLogger™. These FlashAir cards are available online, just get a 16 GB one and change out the SD card in the SteriLogger™.
Then you just download the app to your phone/tablet and you can see all the sterilizer cycle files on your wifi 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, (someone sitting in the waiting room, or in another office in the same building, or worse a hacker looking to steal your data and then offer to sell it back to you!) The internet is full of these kinds of stories. 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 version of Statim does it work with?
The original white Statim cassette sterilizer 2000/5000 with the DB9 plug-in port on the back of the sterilizer and software version R601 or higher will work with the DS-05 SteriLogger. The software version of your Statim is shown on the sterilizer’s display when you turn it on. (last 4 digits of the top line) The DS-05 SteriLogger just plugs into the back of your sterilizer.
What version of Midmark M3/M9/M11 does it work with?
All of the Midmark/Ritter M11, M9 and M3 sterilizers/autoclaves are supported, including the first Gen (red display) version. Now available for the new white case Midmark sterilizers.
Can I install it myself?
Installing this unit is very simple, and the instructions that are included show how to do it. For the M3 it just plugs into the back printer port of your sterilizer. For the M11/M9 it does require you open the side cover of the sterilizer and connects the same way the paper printer does. That’s why we recommend you have your service tech do the install.
On the Statim sterilizers, you plug it into the back of the sterilizer.
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 is 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 (monthly). You do not need to delete the files from the SD card, many years of cycle data can be stored on the card. If you would like another SD card formatted for use with your SteriLogger™ we have them for $29.95.
What else is required to keep proper records?
There is some information that no data logging system can know, (well now there is, check out our Steri-Scan system!) who is running the sterilizer? What’s in the load? Was the sterilization cycle parameters verified? 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. Please note that you are also required to use class 4/5 bags and BI’s as needed and recorded by the person in charge of sterilizing.
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). Daylight saving time is not used everywhere and many places that do, are talking about discontinuing it.
How does this SteriLogger™ save me money?
When you add up the cost of feeding the paper printer, ink ribbon cartridges and rolls of paper you can save hundreds of dollars a year! So this Data Logger will pay for itself in savings.
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, we can supply one for $19.95 when you order if you need it.
Where does this SteriLogger™ mount on the sterilizer?
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.
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