Must Know Facts About a Vacuum Autoclave

A vacuum autoclave just like any other autoclave is mainly used for sterilization purposes. These sterilizers are used for deep cleaning medical equipments so as to kill germs and micro-organisms that may have contaminated the equipments. Doctors, veterinarians and dentists use these sterilizers in their day to day operations for treating their tools of work. Otherwise, when there are contamination’s on medical equipments there are high chances of causing infections on patients. The vacuum sterilizer works uniquely and differently from other types of sterilizers.

Sterilization steps in a vacuum sterilizer:

Air Removal

The first step in a vacuum autoclave as far as sterilization is concerned is the removal of air. This is mainly the air in the sterilization chamber. With the use of a vacuum pump, the air is pumped out of the chamber. The best thing about the use of a vacuum pump in the removal of air is that it’s usually very effective. There are some modifications that may be made when removing air from a vacuum sterilizer depending on the model of the sterilizer in use. There are times (depending on the sterilizer’s model) when steam may be used in air removal. It is important to note that the choice of the best air removal strategy is dependent on the model of the autoclave in use.

Sterilization process

Once the sterilization chamber of a vacuum sterilizer is air tight, the sterilization process commences. Firstly, the items to be sterilized should be cleaned and dried before being introduced into the sterilization chamber. The sterilization cycle in the chamber runs for around 3 to 18 minutes. However, this change is subject to change depending on the type of instruments and equipments being sterilized. The conditions in the sterilization chamber ( heat and high temperatures included) kill germs and micro-organisms that may have contaminated the equipments. A vacuum sterilizer works perfectly when the equipments to be sterilized are arranged in an orderly manner in the chamber. This allows for easy circulation of the equipments during the sterilization process.

Precautions to take

When handling a vacuum autoclave, it is important to note that there are a few precautions that need to be taken. This is so that the sterilization process can be achieved wholly and accurately. For instance, there are certain plastic equipments that can not be sterilized using a vacuum sterilizer. This is because the exposure of these equipments to the conditions in the sterilization chamber can damage or melt them. Due to this, there is need to ensure that before putting any equipments into the sterilization chamber you should read the manufacturer’s provisions on the use of the sterilizer. This makes it easy to avoid any damage to the equipments as well as the sterilizer itself.

A vacuum autoclave is designed uniquely to possess high end qualities such as unrivaled efficiency, unmatchable high performance and great reliability as well as durability. For the sterilizer to remain in its best working conditions at all times, it is important to follow the manufacturer’s manual on how to use it.