Type 5 Steam Integrators can be used inside each load to monitor time, temperature and steam exposure conditions and can provide the necessary sterilization assurance. Type 5 integrator mimics the ability of a biological indicator at three separate points during the sterilization process because it will monitor both time and temperature without requiring incubation as does a biological indicator.
The Integrator consists of a paper wick and steam and temperature-sensitive chemical pellet contained in a foil laminate. The chemical pellet melts and migrates as a dark color along with the paper wick. The migration is visible through a window marked as REJECT or ACCEPT.