WHAT IS STERILIZATION?

Prior to beginning any permanent makeup procedure all microorganisms must be destroyed on all equipment in order to ensure client protection.
 
The Three Steps
 
There are three necessary steps to achieve proper sterilization:
  • The first is to pre clean all objects and remove any residue. The best method for pre-cleaning is an ultrasonic machine with an enzymatic cleaner such as Bioson or G-Zyme.
     
  • Once the objects are cleaned they are ready for sterilization in a steam autoclave or a dry heat cabinet. The autoclave is the preferred technique because of its proven success. Both systems kill all microorganisms, including the bacterial spore that is the most resistant microbiological life form. These two methods are the only sterilization practices proven to be completely safe.
     
  • The final step to maintaining proper infection control standards is Third Party Verification. This is a spore test done monthly by an independent lab to ensure that all equipment is functioning. The Micro-Pigmentation Centre sells the complete test kit including 12 test papers and the addressed envelopes to be sent to the lab. The lab issues a report certificate stating that you are properly monitoring sterilization techniques, and that they meet the safety guidelines.
 

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

The Proper Methods

Our training course covers all invasive procedures and debunks many myths about proper sterilization. All our graduates learn that alcohol and boiling instruments are not effective sterilization techniques. Glass bead sterilizers, which are still in use today, do not kill all potentially harmful microorganisms. When an object is properly sterilized no microbiological life forms remain alive. To avoid cross contamination, needles come in pre-sterilized individual pouches and are used in a procedure one time only.

In this day and age, sterilization is vital to any training course in permanent makeup procedures. The Micro-Pigmentation Centre is a strong advocate, leading the way in the industry and devoting a lot of time and effort to promote what they feel should be a mandatory r

equirement in the non medical field. Our training courses strongly emphasize the necessity of safe, hygienic and sterile procedures.

Our school and our courses maintain the strict Standards and Guidelines set forth by both Health Canada and the Centre for Disease Control & Prevention in Atlanta. 

 

The Role of Nouveau Contour Technology in Sterilization

Nouveau Contour, the Intelligent Machine and the Digital 1000 are the latest in machine technology. In order to address concerns regarding sterilization and protection against fluid contamination, Nouveau Contour has incorporated a special needle design into the design of these computerized machines so that no fluids can seep back through the stem. The Nouveau Contour Cartridge System offers the first integrated safety feature of its kind. The needle and needle tube are integrated in one sterile, disposable cartridge. Internal diaphragms halt and prevent fluid and airborne contaminants from entering the hand piece, which is completely independent of the disposable cartridge. The engineering achievement virtually eliminates the risk of cross contamination.

CROSS CONTAMINATION CONTROL

CONTAMINATING YOUR CLIENT COULD COST YOU MORE THAN JUST YOUR BUSINESS
 
Control the Spread of Disease!
 
It wasn’t all that long ago when it was quite acceptable for hospital visitors to light up a cigarette while visiting a patient, nor was it that long ago when your dentist would have his fingers strolling around the inside of your mouth without wearing protective latex gloves. Sanitation, while not in the dark ages, certainly bordered on it, considering that the first disposable latex gloves weren’t manufactured until 1964, yet we were advanced enough to be in the process of putting a man on the moon, only five years later in 1969.
 
The “germ revolution” of the late 1800’s was an era spanning two decades that restructured our comprehension of disease, in effect, a burst of newfound knowledge that revealed the role that microbes played in causing disease. Scientists and doctors finally realized the need for sterile operating conditions and that diseases were not a spontaneous occurrence.
 
With proof in hand that germs actually did transmit sickness, healthcare professionals committed to the moderate hygienic practices of the times, albeit a hundredfold better than before. While surgical gloves were still off in the future, doctors at least began scrubbing their hands, something not previously done, plus infected patients were now segregated and isolated from others. The public at large were educated on this discovery and they too adopted improved hygiene such as covering their mouth when coughing and covering their face when sneezing, something that seems so commonplace now, but so foreign back then.
 
Yet, with all of our acquired wisdom and precautions, the free wheeling lifestyle of multiple partners and the brazen, unprotected sex of the 60’s and 70’s, did not support our apparent knowledge of disease defense, for it wasn’t until the discovery of AIDS in 1981 that we really sat up and took notice. This was closely followed by the identifying of the Hepatitis C Virus or HCV, in 1988, an equally deadly and easily communicable disease, both, as of this writing, without cure.
 
HIV - Positive attacks the immune system causing the body to eventually lose the ammunition required to fight the fight in the battle of life. An equal final outcome comes with being infected with HCV as it has an elevated mutation rate. The constant changes in the virus make it hard for the body’s own immune system to fight it off because as soon as it figures it out, the virus changes and looks different and it is for this same reason that it is very difficult to develop a vaccine.
 
In days gone by, deadly viruses immerging from distant continents, afforded some degree of protection through distance, by virtue of the length of time it took to reach us. Today, these continents are virtually next door neighbors as they are a mere flight away, at supersonic speeds.
 
It is difficult to understand, that with the deadly and incurable viruses that surround us and their ability to spread world wide in a wink, why certain professionals are staying with their heads in the sand, and not protecting themselves and their clients through the implementation of the most basic of precautions. I am of the opinion that it is more the financial implications, rather than ignorance of the threat. It is a sorrowful state if this is the case, as the cost per client to a business is minimal versus the potential cost to the business of a door closing lawsuit. It is common for gifted people in the service industry to have started a business through happenstance as opposed to by design. Regrettably, being the top in your field of work does not guarantee you a successful business. Many do not understand the most fundamental aspects of business, where a penny spent today, can save you, or make you, a dollar tomorrow.
 
Most recently, the installation of barriers to prevent cross contamination between clients is the latest push by health organizations in Canada and the United States. Masks and latex or nitrile disposable gloves have been the forerunner in protection and are no longer employed by healthcare workers alone but now encompass anyone who can come in contact with bodily fluids and blood borne pathogens. Police officers, teachers, janitors, etc.
 
Barrier film, of a thickness approved by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, (OSHA), is to be used to cover instruments used in a procedure where those instruments can come in contact with a client or patient and where they are of a type that they cannot be sterilized, such as electrical cords on a tattoo hand piece, the hand piece itself, a cradle where an instrument rests and the board or device the instruments are plugged into. The most recognizable example of this is the barrier film attached to the handle of your dentists overhead light which he/she is constantly maneuvering with gloved hand. As is the case with disposable gloves, these barriers are to be replaced with each client so as not to transfer any possible fluids that have transferred to the components by a previous client and that can be cross contaminated by the technician’s new gloves as she manipulates the machine. There are those who try to comply by using the less expensive domestic cellophane wraps however domestic clear plastic kitchen wrap is a permeable substance and not of a safe density to block microscopic pathogens from seeping through.
 
While the scientific community continues to make colossal strides in their fight against disease, the microbe community continues to develop new strains of viruses that threaten our way of life. To live an existence in a germ free world, is as likely to us as putting a man on the moon was to our forefathers. Until that time, it is up to us to protect ourselves and our clients, and to employ whatever defensive procedures that are developed.
 
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