Autoclave Sterilization Basics

In the Autoclave Sterilization Basics Series you can explore the fundamentals of sterilization. We will introduce you to concepts in microbiology, how infections spread, infection control in medical settings, steam, and how steam works as the sterilizing agent in the autoclave.

Microbiology and the Spread of Germs

Illness used to be a complete mystery. Able to strike anyone at any time, disease would inflict terrible pains, fever, and even death.

Preventing the Spread of Infection in Hospitals

For both patients and hospital staff alike, germs must be destroyed in order to prevent the spread of infections.

What is an Autoclave?

In this post we will explore how autoclaves work under the high-pressured conditions of steam and heat to kill microorganisms.

Basic Concepts of Steam

Here we introduce you to some basic concepts in the water cycle and familiarize you with words like vapor and steam.

Steam in the Autoclave

This is not just another ho-hum article about steam, temperature, and pressure. Instead, we have a unique perspective on what makes steam such a great fit for sterilizers.