what are the 3 forms of sterilization monitoring?
physical: looking at the gauges and readings on the sterilizer and recording the temperature, pressure and exposure time
chemical: (external and internal) involves the use of a heat sensitive chemical that changes color when exposed to certain conditions
biologic: spore testing, the only way to determine whether sterilization has occurred and to confirm that all bacteria and endospores have been killed. CDC,ADA, and OSAP recommended weekly biologic monitoring of sterilization equipment