Cleaning Solutions: How To Choose The Perfect Sterilizers For Your Business
Do you know that virtually every environment on earth contains bacteria and microorganisms? As a matter of fact, it has been reported that for one square inch of human skin there are over 600,000 bacteria. Even though some bacteria are more or less harmless to the average human, there are still several other disease-causing organisms – referred to as pathogens that are quite dangerous and even deadly. Examples of such dangerous diseases are Ebola and Coronavirus that have ravaged the world in recent times.
That’s why it’s important for business owners to have sterilizers readily available for use. It’s important that the right types of disinfectants are routinely used on surfaces throughout your facility and are critical in helping prevent the spread of harmful diseases. When it comes to choosing the perfect sterilizers for your business, there are three main things you must consider. The first is what type of autoclave to choose, secondly how will it be used by employees and thirdly where will it be placed. Keep reading to find out more.
What Type Of Autoclave Should You Choose?
When assessing which sterilizer you need there are two types to consider: gravity pressure or gravity displacement. Gravity pressure uses steam under pressure, while the gravity displacement method uses water heated in a tank at elevated temperatures. By far the most common are low-temperature sterilizers that use steam under pressure to achieve about 132 degrees Celsius for 15 minutes through saturated steam generation followed by condensation of the vapor inside the chamber. For hospitals and other medical facilities, hospital steam sterilizers are among their cleaning essentials for sterilizing equipment and tools such as syringes, gowns, uniforms, and surgical blades.
To ensure the safety of employees and patients, places that use medical equipment or supplies need to have sterilizers for their safety protocols. This means that all tools used on surgical patients must be sterile, which is why it’s important for this type of business to choose the proper sterilization method.
Choosing between gravity pressure or displacement method autoclaves boils down to how they will be used within your facility. And that’s because autoclaves provide a physical method for disinfection and sterilization. If you plan on using it very often or in a place where there is more than one person working at any given time then gravity pressure might not be the choice for you because they get too hot too quickly and tend to get shut off before everyone has had their turn (especially if there are multiple rooms). A better choice would be a gravity displacement method because they have a very even heat flow and can be used in smaller rooms.
Where Will The Autoclave Be Placed?
Of course, not all businesses will need an autoclave. If you only perform tests on samples like blood work or if you don’t handle any sharp instruments then chances are business doesn’t really need one. Some businesses might only see a few procedures in their day-to-day operations. These sterilizers can be placed just about anywhere, even in your office.
Depending on how often you use your autoclave, having one in your office might be good for when someone needs to quickly sterilize something. These areas are great because they don’t take up much room and they’re very easy to set up. On the other hand, if you need to sterilize things constantly then it makes sense to find a more permanent location like an operating room or examination room where people can easily access it.
How Will Employees Use The Autoclave?
To ensure the best results when using the autoclave, technicians need to follow certain protocols (which often vary by facility) in order for them to successfully sterilize the equipment and supplies that patients rely on for their safety. A few of the most important protocols usually include:
– All items that need to be sterilized should be removed from their packaging and placed in a clean, dry container before being placed in the autoclave.
– Make sure to remove any metallic instruments from their sheaths/cases when placing them in the autoclave. If anything is left behind it will leave stains which can make cleaning difficult.
– Do not use bleach or acidic substances (like vinegar) with your equipment because they might damage it after it’s already been sterilized.
What kind of sterilizer do you need? After knowing what type of autoclave is best for your business, consider where you’ll place it and how often technicians will use it. Then you can decide how many compartments are right for your business so everyone is able to sterilize equipment quickly without having to wait around. If technicians need to gather supplies before using the autoclave, then be sure to include that in your decision-making process too!