Many of us are aware of the importance of cleanliness and in some cases sterilisation within a range of industries yet many would be unaware of the tools used to carry out these essential procedures so effectively. This article takes a look at the widespread use of Autoclaves across a range of industries for the sterilisation of equipment.
Autoclave Findings – The World Health Organization
TheWorld Health Organizationrecently found that in developing countries and nations the rate of surgical infections within hospitals are far greater and in some developing countries they are up to nine times higher than in the hospitals of a developed nation.
The reason for such a greater number of surgical infections is in part due to the procedures and also the lower standard of equipment used for the sterilisation process, as you would expect this risk is heightened in more rural health centres where facilities are worse still.
Institutions in developing countries boil their equipment in order to sterilise it, which unfortunately is not proficient enough in killing the germs on equipment and therefore puts patients at a higher risk of catching infections. That said in these circumstances they really do the best they can!
How Autoclaves Work
Autoclaves use extremely hot steam to clean and sterilise equipment, commonly in places such as science laboratories, medical environments.
Autoclaves are used across several industries; microbiology, veterinary science, mycology, medicine, research (universities, independents etc) and even tattooing. Each institution however, depending on their individual needs will require a different type of Autoclave.
Due to the high importance of the autoclaves and sterilization equipment, autoclaves must be designed well and made to an exceedingly high, un-compromise-able standard.
This is due to the high quality equipment standards that the science and medical industry demand and this is not without good reason. Medical and science laboratories spend vast amounts of money on the testing and development of equipment that will enable further product and service developments in the future, this means makes it imperative that the equipment they use is only of the highest standards.
- Autoclaves in the Tattoo Industry – Each and every tattoo parlour buys in disposable pre-sterilised one use needles however it is not viable for all equipment to be disposable meaning that a onsite autoclave is essential for sterilizing re-usable equipment.
- Autoclaves use in hospitals – All health facilities need to have access to high quality autoclave equipment whether they be medical centres, hospitals etc because without the sterilisation of surgical equipment such as surgical equipment the risk of infection to patients is increased. Autoclaves also enable hospitals to sterilise and dispose of, pathogenic waste materials that are then added to the solid waste process.
- Autoclave uses in Pharmaceutical sector – mainly used for sterilizing drugs, medicines and other research material. Specialised autoclave equipment is used for each of the different purposes within this sector.
There are several types and sizes of Autoclaves available so the most appropriate model for each individuals needs is often determined by both the budget and the requirements of the institution.
This article was written by John Lees of LTE Scientific Autoclaves & Sterilisers, John has over 10 years experience within the industry.