The ways of sterilisation begin as far back as biblical and roman times, from early beginnings to standardisation. Sterilisation evolution has gone through a series of trials and wizardry before it achieved the status of science. And even with a scientific approach, some of its modalities frequently has been referred to as an art (an imaginary focus), while most have achieved a certain scientific standardisation.
This book provides a drawbridge between history, terminology, environmental and fundamentals of sterilisation that beginners to sterilisation should recognise, but continues with advancements, which supervisors and managers should know and apply. So while providing historical and current sterilisation information, the book also provides interfacial areas with design practices, development, environmental control, material compatibility, microbiology, packaging, process selection, statistics, technical information and validation.
This book consists of two volumes (Healthcare Sterilisation, Introduction and Standard Practices: Volume 1, and Healthcare Sterilisation, Challenging Practices: Volume 2). Volume 1 provides an introduction, and an overview of sterilisation on early and classical sterilisation principles such as absolutism and overkill, and steadfast and standard methods. It will help answer some healthcare sterilisation queries such as:
- What are the origins and evolution of sterilisation?
- How does environmental control and microbiology affect sterilisation?
- What are some of the classical as well as standard sterilisation methods?
- What are the most consistent and reliable sterilisation methods?
- Is sterilisation in your future?
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Without sterilisation, infectious disease and contamination would run rampant. Consequently, sterilisation has tremendous value in disease control, and this book provides a three dimensional view of it.