Tables and Figure: Table 7

Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities (2008)

Minimum cycle times for steam sterilization cycles
Sterilizer type, example item, and exposure time.
Type of Sterilizer Item Exposure time at 250°F (121°C) Exposure time at 270°F (132°C) Drying time
Gravity displacement Wrapped instruments 30 min 15 min 15-30 min
Gravity displacement Textile packs 30 min 25 min 15 min
Gravity displacement Wrapped utensils 30 min 15 min 15-30 min
Dynamic-air-removal (e.g., prevacuum) Wrapped instruments Not Applicable 4 min 20-30 min
Dynamic-air-removal (e.g., prevacuum) Textile packs Not Applicable 4 min 5-20 min
Dynamic-air-removal (e.g., prevacuum) Wrapped utensils Not Applicable 4 min 20 min

Modified from Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation. 813, 819