What is an autoclave?

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At Sychem, we provide autoclaves in all shapes and sizes, for use in healthcare, laboratories, and biomedical facilities.

Arguably the most effective sterilisation method for glassware and laboratory equipment, but what is an Autoclave?

Autoclaves, or porous load sterilisers, are vessels that use clean steam under high pressure to sterilise reusable medical devices, and laboratory equipment after decontamination. They come in various sizes to meet customer requirements.

The reason why a porous load autoclave is used to sterilise reusable medical devices and laboratory equipment rather than other sterilisation methods is due to it being reliable and effective, low in cost and easy to produce, leaves no chemical residues and is non-toxic, it is quicker than other sterilisation methods and the process can be easily monitored, controlled and validated. Sterilisation is a process designed to kill all types of micro-organisms including, viruses, bacteria and resistant bacterial spores.

When exposed to a moist heat sterilisation process, micro-organisms are inactivated or killed. The rate at which micro-organisms are killed is dependent on temperature. The higher the temperature, the quicker they will be destroyed. One of the most efficient and effective sterilisation technologies available for a wide variety of industries and applications.

For further detail on what autoclaves Sychem provide for Healthcare, Life Sciences and Laboratory applications visit our Autoclaves page. Alternatively, for advice and guidance on which Autoclave product is best for your application, get in touch with one of our team by calling 0845 644 6824, or emailing us at [email protected].

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