# Chapter 21_Principles and Techniques of Instrument Processing and Sterilization

Critical instruments
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Load the sterilizer according to the manufacturer's instructions. Label packages. Do not overload the sterilizer. Place packages on their edges in single layers or on racks in increase circulation of the sterilizing agent around the instruments. Operate the sterilizer according to the manufacture's instructions. Allow packages to cool before removing them from the sterilizer. Allow packages to cool before handling.