The Serim PINNACLE™ Monitor for Automated Enzymatic Cleaning Process (AEC) monitors the cleaning efficacy of medical washer disinfectors and ultrasonic cleaners using enzymatic detergents.  The test may be placed in the basket along with the surgical instruments during a normal cleaning cycle. (Do not use in cart washers or low temperature wash cycles.)

The test incorporates a dyed protein that is bound in the indicator pad.  During the instrument wash cycle the color of the indicator pad will change in response to:

AORN recommends a test of mechanical cleaning equipment before its first use, weekly during service and after any major maintenance. AAMI currently recommends at least weekly, and preferably daily testing of mechanical cleaning equipment. Many facilities currently verify the equipment daily before the first load of the day with an indicator on every level of the washer. Some facilities even verify every load.1

PINNACLE Monitor for AEC will assist a facility's on-site quality assurance program in verifying that the cleaning equipment used for reprocessing of medical devices is working properly as stated in ST79, Annex D.2

1.  Verifying cleaning processes: the role of washer indicators.  Burke A, Antonucci C., HEALTHCARE Purchasing NEWS, September 2010, pg 40.

2. Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation. Comprehensive guide to steam sterilization and sterility assurance in health care facilities. ANSI/AAMI ST79:2010 & A1:2010 (Annex D).

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Test Range:

After the wash cycle is complete, unhook the holder from the basket or rack and remove the test strip.  Ensure the pads are facing up and interpret the results by comparing the color of the larger indicator pad to the smaller internal color standard.

PASS:  Indicator Pad is lighter in color than the color standard

FAIL:  Indicator Pad is similar to or darker in color than the color standard 

Test Time:

The PINNACLE Monitor for AEC can be read immediately after the wash cycle.

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Product Options:

Product CodeDescriptionPack Size
5176 PINNACLE Monitor for AEC 1 Kit - 6 Bottles of 50 Strips
5176IN PINNACLE Monitor for AEC - Individual Test Kit 1 Kit - 1 Bottle of 50 Strips and 2 holders
5176H PINNACLE Resin Holders 1 kit - 18 holders
5176SS PINNACLE Stainless Steel Holder 1 each