Is your Autoclave performing correctly?

The sterilisation of laboratory consumables and waste is a critical process to ensure guaranteed sterility in the laboratory and the protection of personnel, especially in PC2 and PC3 facilities.

It is evident that laboratories with older autoclaves are processing waste that contains biological hazardous material and the autoclaves are not designed nor have the appropriate filtration to capture this biological material.

We have seen some systems in use where laboratory processes have changed over the years and the old autoclaves are still in use with potentially infectious material being displaced out of the autoclave and sent to the waste drain.

Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that you ensure you have the correct sterilisation process in place, and the equipment to provide a more effective sterilisation result. When it comes to the sterilisation of hollow items(pipette tips and empty glassware) and waste in bags, an essential option to any autoclave is the vacuum.

How can the vacuum process assist with increased sterilisation?

There is a two-step approach to this process, beginning with a fractionated pre-vacuum phase, which removes the air from within the chamber, enabling the steam to penetrate completely.

An additional option that works in conjunction with the vacuum system is a Teflon air exhaust filter that is designed to trap contagious, infectious pathogen material. The trapped material is completely sterilised and ensures that there is no contaminated material leaving the autoclave during the pre-vacuum stages.

With the vacuum process, you can be assured that all air is removed from the chamber, filtered through a sterlisable filter and is replaced with saturated steam guaranteeing effective sterile conditions and protection of personnel and the environment.

If you are looking to purchase a new autoclave, talk to our consultants at Bioline, and we will be able to discuss the best options for your lab to ensure maximum results, efficiency and guaranteed sterility. Feel free to contact us on 02 4666 0010, or fill out our Online Enquiry Form, and we will contact you back as soon as possible.

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