Why waste more time and effort fighting steam system issues?

You rely on the steam system to deliver thermal energy that is clean, dry, and sterile...
...how do you figure out
what's causing the problems? That's our job.
Facility Managers, CSSD Managers, Engineers, Contractors, and OEM's all benefit from our steam
audit service. It's a systematic approach to looking at the steam system.
We focus on RESOLUTION... Give us a wet steam problem, and we'll help you solve it.


What does industry say about sterilizers and wet pack problems?
    "Perhaps the most  frustrating and confounding dilemma that we face
    using steam sterilization is the occurrence of wet packs...
    "Wet packs represent an economic loss to the institution because goods
    must be reprocessed. Unrecognized, they are a hazard to the patient. "
    - Preparing instruments, utensils and textiles for sterilization and wet pack solving, STERIS Inc. 2003.


Independent, Confidential, Experienced
We are not affiliated with any sterilizer or humidifier manufacturer.
Our audit staff average 30 years experience with steam in hospitals and life sciences.

We follow a systematic steam quality audit procedure. See the
services page for the typical time
line. Experience? Click here to see our background
articles.
Services

On Site Testing and Troubleshooting
We solve problems with sterilizers, autoclaves, wet loads and staining. We do steam quality
testing
according to ANSI/AAMI ST79, Comprehensive guide to steam sterilization and sterility
assurance in health care facilities
(2010), and European Standard EN285.
Sterilizers and autoclaves are critical components in health care, life sciences, institutional, and
research facilities... but since they are open-ended steam users, poor steam quality (water in
the line) can cause
major problems. (PDF article)

    Autoclave & Sterilizer Audits – Wet Loads and Stain Resolution
    Steam and Condensate Audits and Training
           Steam Quality Testing
           Water Hammer Problem Solving
           Steam Trap Testing for Energy Loss or Application and Selection Analysis
                   

Our Articles... about sterilizer wet packs, stains, and steam quality :

"Sterilizers and Autoclaves - What is Steam Quality?"
What is steam quality and why is it important to the CS Department? The September 2008
issue of
OR Today  shows how steam is consumed by heating instruments and converted to
liquid water.
                                                                              Click
here to download a PDF

"Troubleshooting surface stains on instruments after steam sterilization"
Healthcare Purchasing News- The December 2013 issue reviews troubleshooting steps to take
when stains occur on instruments after steam sterilization.
                                                                                  Click
here to DOWNLOAD a PDF

"Steamed Up - Revised AAMI Sterilization Standard"
Healthcare Facilities Management - The April 2012 issue reviews the steam quality
requirements of the new AAMI Standard ST-79, written from the facility engineers point of view.
                                                                                   Click
here to DOWNLOAD a PDF

"How to Spot Trouble in Steam Sterilization"
June 2007 issue of Materials Management in Healthcare  - features questions and answers
about steam quality,
wet packs, and specks.    
                                                                            Click
here to DOWNLOAD a PDF

Click on the ARTICLES tab at left to see our other technical discussions on steam.

Get Critical Equipment Back Online

Thermo Diagnostics will work with your facility engineers to eliminate steam problems. This
saves cost, time, effort, and reduces staff complaints. Reduced "reprocessing" will improve
productivity, service, and morale. The net result will be increased efficiency and quality of facility
management.



Steam Quality Testing & Troubleshooting
Steam Quality Testing & Troubleshooting
Thermo Diagnostics Company LLC - PO Box 2760 - West Lafayette, IN 47996-2760
Toll Free 877-677-5767  Phone 765-464-8501   Fax 765-464-8521   
Email info@thermo-diagnostics.com
Hospitals depend on sterile instruments.
Wet steam can cause wet packs. We can
help you eliminate wet packs... by
eliminating wet steam.
Regulators and valves last longer when
handling clean, dry steam. Ask for our
articles on steam quality, or about a
training class at your facility.
- Steam Testing Services
- System Analysis
- Sterilizer Stain Testing