Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) June 18, 2013
New user friendly innovations in table top autoclaves, like the Saniclave 200 prevent the dangers of misuse and ineffective sterilization. Older autoclave designs have confusing features, like knobs, analog pressure gauges, hot surfaces and complex door latches. Whether one has an older autoclave, or a new, modern autoclave, Revolutionary Science explains some important points to remember.
1. Always use fresh water. Older autoclave designs will recycle dirty water. This method can be dangerous. Endotoxins and bacteria thrive in dirty autoclave water. Each time the autoclave cycle is initiated, fresh, distilled water should be used. The Saniclave 200 and the SciCan Statim are two autoclaves that do not recycle water. Therefore, most older autoclave designs automatically reuse dirty water. This can be remedied by draining and cleaning the water reservoir after each time of use. Used water in top loading autoclaves should be dumped out after each use.
2. Do not put pouched instruments in top loading autoclaves. Wrapped, bagged or pouched instruments should never be used in a top loading autoclave. Top loading autoclaves (commonly referred to as “pressure cooker style”) are not typically fashioned with a dry mode. For this reason, when the cycle is complete, the load comes out wet. “Microorganisms travel through pouches or wraps when they are wet.” states Isaac Erickson of Revolutionary Science. “Top loading autoclaves are great when used for immediate use sterilization, but not if sterilized instruments are intended to be used at a later time.” Wrapped, bagged or pouched instruments should ONLY come out of an autoclave when they are dry, never wet.
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