Sterile Processing

Everything About Autoclaves

What is an autoclave?

Autoclaves are also known as steam sterilizers, and are typically used for healthcare or industrial applications. An autoclave is a machine that uses steam under pressure to kill harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi, and spores on items that are placed inside a pressure vessel. The items are heated to an appropriate sterilization temperature for a given amount of time. The moisture in the steam efficiently transfers heat...

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Guide to Steam Sterilization Cycles - Steam Flush Pressure Pulse

There are three types of steam sterilization cycles recognized by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI). They are gravity, prevacuum and steam flush pressure pulse (SFPP). These cycles differ in the way air is removed from the load during conditioning and may have different exposure times depending on the type of...

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Guide to Ultrasonic Cleaning

what is ultrasonic cleaning?

Sonication (or ultrasonic) technology uses mechanical vibrations (sound waves) in a liquid as a cleaning method in a process known as cavitation. Essentially, the generation of sound waves in the liquid produces bubbles that collapse (burst or implode) on contact with surfaces, which aids in the removal of...

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Hydrogen Peroxide Sterilization

What is Hydrogen Peroxide Sterilization?

Hydrogen peroxide sterilization is a low temperature sterilization process commonly used in the application of sterilizing medical devices, often used to sterilize heat-sensitive devices. A hydrogen peroxide sterilization cycle typically requires less time than alternative forms of sterilization, such as steam sterilization. A hydrogen peroxide sterilization process involves...

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