Cisa Campus

Worldwide learning and
training centre

Cisa Campus aims at establishing and promoting culture and knowledge to prevent the spread of infection in healthcare and life sciences settings. Cisa Campus informs and trains on procedures and technologies dedicated to the sterilization process.

Cisa Campus operates globally through its training programmes that reach healthcare operators and technicians all over the world.

Thanks to this centre of excellence, Cisa staff and distributors remain up-to-date and highly specialized on the solutions and technology currently present in the sterilization and infection control industry and gain insight into the impact they have on sector developments.

Cisa’s main headquarters are in Lucca, which allows Cisa Campus to offer specialised teaching to its entire staff and also to address local students and recent graduates. Many recent graduates from prestigious universities choose a subject related to Cisa Group and the sterilization process to carry out a curricular internship and prepare their degree thesis.







Cisa Campus provides scientific and technical knowledge through: Courses, Tech Tips and Indepth


Cisa Campus courses

Training can be based on specific requests by the distributor or healthcare facility and the research centre or laboratory. Courses are delivered both on-site or remotely, through e-learning and video conference. Teachers are generally Cisa Group staff or authoritative experts in the sterilisation procedures in healthcare or in the sterilisation process in life science.

Operators, technicians and engineers undergo periodic training and refresher sessions on all company innovations and on the evolution of reference standards (e.g. DIN EN 285 – European Standards).

Following an annual refresher course, a specific certificate is issued to technical personnel, which allows them to use, install and maintain Cisa Group machinery and sterilizationsystems in Italy and elsewhere in the world.  

Practical lessons at basic, intermediate and advanced level, provide all the information on the processes, technology and rules of use of the individual machines in the CSSD.

If special solutions are developed for a customer, usually in laboratory, research or pharmaceutical life science applications, the customer is often present to take part in functional verification testing and Cisa Campus can organise a specific training course.

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Cisa Campus Tech Tips

The Cisa Campus Tech Tips are short informative capsules, practical tips on the sterilization process. Technical recommendations for the proper use of sterilization autoclaves and advice for the maintenance of Cisa Group’s washer-disinfector technologies.

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The autoclave heating cycle. What it is, how often it is carried out and why it is essential.

Before starting the daily sterilisation activity, the operator must run some tests to ensure the proper operation of the equipment. These tests are carried out using the preset programmes in Cisa machines, namely Heating, Vacuum Test and Bowie & Dick Test.

The purpose of the heating test (or heating cycle) is to heat the chamber and the different hydraulic circuits so that only saturated steam passes through the machine. In addition, it can be useful to extract all the water in the equipment piping which has been produced by the cooling of the steam. Any preset programme for steam sterilisation can be used for the heating test. However, it is recommended to use the 134° sterilisation programme.
The heating cycle must be repeated daily and in any case whenever the equipment is switched off for a period of more than 4 hours.

Before starting the daily sterilisation activity, the operator must run some tests to ensure the proper operation of the equipment. These tests are carried out using the preset programmes in Cisa machines, namely Heating, Vacuum Test and Bowie & Dick Test.
Once the heating cycle has been completed and the steriliser is fully operational, the “chamber tightness” is assessed with the Vacuum Test cycle.

The autoclave vacuum test is the simplest test to perform. It is to be carried out daily, so as to be certain that the device correctly generates vacuum in the chamber and that there are no leaks in the sealing parts of the equipment (pump operation and achievement of the set vacuum limits, leaks in the door gasket or from the fittings in the piping of the vacuum circuit, good sealing of the mechanical components such as solenoid valves, etc.) and that it is able to maintain the vacuum in the chamber for a certain period of time. The test is performed by generating a controlled vacuum in the sterilisation chamber and maintaining it for a period of time of approximately 600”, i.e. 10 minutes.
If the vacuum test is successful, it shows that the leakage rate is within the normal range. The machine prints a paper report certifying that the test has been carried out.

Bowie & Dick Test
Before starting the daily sterilisation activity, the operator must run some tests to ensure the proper operation of the equipment. These tests are carried out using the preset programmes in Cisa machines, namely Heating, Vacuum Test and Bowie & Dick Test.
Once the heating cycle has been completed, the steriliser is fully operational and the “chamber tightness” has been assessed with the Vacuum Test cycle, the operator must also carry out the Bowie & Dick Test every day.

The Bowie & Dick Test is the daily test that monitors the effectiveness of air removal and steam penetration in porous loads for fractionated vacuum sterilisers. During this test, the correct operation of the steriliser’s vacuum pump, the absence of air infiltration into the chamber and the absence of non-condensable gases dissolved in the steam feed are verified.
The Bowie & Dick test is of paramount importance. Indeed, what happens if air becomes trapped inside a package during a steam sterilisation cycle?
Let’s consider a heat-sealed sterilisation pouch containing a medical device, such as a scalpel. If air is trapped in the pouch, saturated steam penetrates the bag through its paper side, but fails to come into direct contact with the surface of the scalpel, as the trapped air forms a kind of ‘bubble’ around the scalpel itself.
As a result, the steam’s thermal energy will not be transferred to the scalpel, inactivating all microorganisms on the surface of the medical device, but will be released to the air, which will slowly heat up.


To carry out the test, you take a ready-made disposable or reusable B&D test pack and place it in the coldest point of the chamber or near the drain. Only the test pack must be present inside the chamber, because the test is carried out with the chamber empty. The test cycle is carried out following the time required by the specific regulations (half time). At the end of the cycle, the package is removed from the chamber.

The test will not be considered successful if the indicator sheet inside the test package presents an area that is not completely turned to colour.
The test will be considered passed if the indicator sheet presents a uniform colour over its entire surface.


Cisa Campus Indepth

These in-depth scientific studies deal with topics that may be related the sterilisation process, involving not only Cisa Group professionals but also authoritative personalities and experts from the scientific and medical world.


Water is considered to play a vital role in a hospital CSSD. Why?

Water is the essential fuel for the entire reprocessing process of reusable medical devices in every hospital CSSD.

The amount of water consumption within a CSSD serving ten operating theatres, fitted with equipment used medium intensively throughout the day, is approximately 2,500,000 litres per year.


La Vie et l’Oeuvre de Philippe Ignace Semmelweis”. This is the title used by Louis Ferdinand Céline to discuss his thesis for his Degree in Medicine in 1924. The work would later be published in 1952 under the simpler title of “Semmelweis”.


Medical waste represents an increasingly unsustainable economic and environmental cost. Cisa Group has the solution: an innovative approach to clinical waste management that is safe, economical and sustainable

Waste is a global emergency. It produces pollution that spreads into the air, alters water and makes the earth increasingly dirty and unlivable. Waste costs money: it takes up space and uses up human and economic resources to process it and to repair the environmental and health damage it produces.

Cisa Campus is a special microcosm where
sterilization and infection control

In Cisa Campus you will find information, opinions, points of view and insights. It is here that we share and provide specialized training aimed at different kinds of technical roles, at distributors and also at healthcare operators who work daily with Cisa Group technologies.

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