An Autoclave Definition and Why They are Absolutely Vital

An autoclave (also called steam sterilizer) is a device that uses steam under pressure to disinfect instruments and other gear.  The autoclave process kills dangerous bacteria and other micro organisms.  “Autoclaving” can be called the “steam sterilization” process too. There are many laws that govern the temperature and pressure for steam sterilizers.  This is for patient and worker safety.  Fully sterilized items will not infect wounds with bacteria or fungus contamination.  They are also free of communicable diseases such as hepatitis, AIDS, etc. Most autoclave machines have chambers that lock the…

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