Posts about Sterilization Basics

on Jul 25th 2016

Sixth post in series, "Autoclave Sterilization Basics"

Now that we’ve explored the science behind steam and applied it to the autoclave, it’s time to look at specific types of autoclaves to understand how they function. In this article, we will look at one popular...

on Dec 6th 2016

The word radiation and radioactive are often associated with the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and therefore have earned a negative reputation. Yet while the dangers of radiation are very real, they are a piece of the big picture of this scientific phenomenon. Actually, radiation’s benefits and contemporary applications are many, such as in medicine, communication, and science. In this post, we will focus on one specific application in the world of sterilization and infection control: that of radiation’s ability to kill harmful microorganisms. In other words, radiation can...

on Aug 11th 2016

Eighth post in series, “Autoclave Sterilization Basics”

Large autoclaves are essential to every hospital’s functionality. As we learned in our post about preventing the spread of infections in hospitals, the autoclave, also called a steam sterilizer, ensures the sterilization of medical instruments and materials used everyday in surgeries, procedures, and patient services.

In this post we will explore the ins and outs of large autoclave...

on Aug 1st 2016

Seventh post in series, “Autoclave Sterilization Basics”

Class B autoclaves are great space-savers built for high performance. They are microwave-sized autoclaves that fit easily on the counters of busy clinics and dental offices. Available in the compact sizes of 19 and 29 liters, the Class B is the top-of-the-line of tabletop autoclaves.

Essentially they are a miniature version of the larger EN 285 autoclave found in hospitals. The industry consensus about what the “B” in Class B stands for is “big,” not as a reference to size,...

on Jul 18th 2016

Fifth post in series, "Autoclave Sterilization Basics"

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, which are the type of autoclave found most often in medical and scientific settings. The three central reasons are availability, safety, and time.

Steam in the Autoclave