AAMI incorporates several practices into one

The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) are combining the recommended practice on flash sterilization with other standards into a single document on steam sterilization.

ANSI/AAMI ST79:2006, Comprehensive Guide to Steam Sterilization and Sterility Assurance in Health Care Facilities incorporates the recommendations of ANSI/AAMI ST37, Flash sterilization: Steam Sterilization of Patient Care Items for Immediate Use. The new document addresses steam sterilization in all health care facilities. It covers steam sterilization by the wrapped and flash methods and provides detailed guidance on decontamination and packaging, with special reference to rigid sterilization container systems.

At press time, the nearly 200-page document was expected to be approved in early July and released in August. The new document will be the first AAMI recommended practice to be annually reviewed and updated.


At press time, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) expected to have ANSI/AAMI ST79:2006 available for purchase by early August. The order code for the print edition is to be ST79 and ST79-PDF for a PDF downloaded version. The price is $100 for AAMI members and $200 for nonmembers. To order, go to the web site, marketplace.aami.org.