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By Nicole - 9th March, 2021 | Posted in Biomedical, Healthcare, Laboratory
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At Sychem, we are experts in disinfection, Sterilisation and decontamination. We work across a variety of industries and sectors to provide servicing, equipment and consumables to our clients. Explore what Sterilisation is, and how implementing the practice could benefit your facility.

What is Sterilisation?

The process of Sterilisation kills and destroys all types of microorganisms and microbial life, including viruses, bacteria and resistant bacterial spores, using either physical or chemical methods. The process however, is not necessarily effective against prions. As there is no way to detect all organisms on a device, the term sterile can be used when the potential bio-burden (the number of devices on a device) has been significantly reduced, to the point that there is less than a one in a million chance of any surviving. (This can be expressed mathematically as a sterility assurance level (SAL) of 10-6 or 1:1 000 000).

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Types of Sterilisation

There are many different Sterilisation processes, including Physical, Radiation, Ultrasonic, Steam and Chemical methods.

Steam Sterilisation is the most used Sterilisation process in Healthcare facilities across the UK. This process is carried out through the use of steam sterilising autoclaves, which use moist heat to provide Sterilisation to equipment and instruments placed within the machine.

Steam Sterilisation has long since been a favourable process in Healthcare settings for various reasons. Moist heat sterilisation is reliable and effective, and the process variables are well understood and characterised. In addition, this process denatures the proteins present in the microorganisms, facilitating destruction.

The benefits of Steam Sterilisation

Steam Sterilisation has many benefits, which make it the first choice Sterilisation process.

  • It is low in cost and easy to produce.
  • It requires relatively simple technology and therefore, is easy to use.
  • It leaves no chemical residues or by-products behind.
  • It is non-toxic.
  • Sterilisation cycles are shorter than other methods.

Steam Sterilisation is a process that can be easily monitored, controlled and validated throughout its duration.

Where does Sychem fit with Sterilisation?

At Sychem, we offer a comprehensive range of Steam Sterilising and Low-temperature autoclaves to a range of industries.

Our extensive portfolio of Autoclaves are made by Steelco, a leading Italian manufacturer we have worked in partnership with since 2008. We offer a range of different sizes, depending on your facilities specific requirements.

At Sychem, we don’t just offer the equipment, we also offer Servicing, to ensure your machine continues to operate at its highest efficacy possible. We offer Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) contracts that can be tailored specifically to the needs of your facility, and can include Emergency Breakdown support, Spare parts and Refurbishment. 

We offer Sterilisation equipment to a variety of industries, including healthcare, biomedical facilities, and laboratories.

For more information about Steelco’s full range of equipment, visit their website today!

For more information on our complete range, please enquire now, or to discuss your sterilisation requirements in more detail, please call us on 08456446824 or email us at [email protected], and a member of our team will guide you through the best options for your application.


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