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Monday, February 8, 2016

What is a sterilizer or autoclave? Any differences between them?

Tuttnauer EZ9 / EZ11 PLUS
Sterilizer is the general name of an equipment that is made to destroy or remove the dangerous microorganisms on a surface of an object. Even though the words autoclave and sterilizer are used in the same terminology, there are differences between an autoclave and a sterilizer. An autoclave only uses the technique of applying steam or pressurized steam to remove these organic lives while a sterilizer may use different methods to do so such as chemicals, irritation,high pressure, filtration or infrared technology. Certain type of instruments can not handle the steam due to their lack of endurance against heat and pressure as heat and pressure may impact the shape of these objects. In this type of sterilization applications, the sterilizers do the same job by using one or more of the above mentioned methods. The word autoclave comes from two ancient words. Auto which means "self" in Greek and Clave which means "key" in Latin  language. When you combine these two words, you come up with "self locking" which is today used as Autoclave. The sterilizers are essential equipment today in medical, dental and veterinary industries where infection control is the number one priority. Because of it's important job, selecting the right sterilizer for the facility is a critical decision. There are few things to consider when making such an investment. Here are the things that need to be considered...

1- Determining the size of the sterilizer you need:
One of the important points on selecting the right sterilizer is the available bench space to place the sterilizer in your medical, veterinary or dental clinic. There are various sizes of sterilizers available today from different manufacturer's that will accommodate your needs. The second point that needs to be thought of is the amount of instruments that you need to sterilize to maintain your workflow without interruption. So the chamber size of your sterilizer is an important point. You have to consider the length of your instruments to make sure that your sterilizer will incorporate.

2- Sterilization requirements for your practice:
Every practice has their own regulations for sterilizing instruments in terms of sterilizing time, cycle and modes. So make sure that your sterilizer will meet the regulatory guidelines for your practice. 

3 - Do you need a new or refurbished sterilizer?: 
This answer totally depends on your budget. Sterilizers are long lasting equipment. The refurbished sterilizers can perform as good sterilization as a brand new unit. If you have a budget that's not enough for a new equipment, you can certainly consider getting a refurbished sterilizer with a reasonable warranty. We can also offer many type and brand of high quality sterilizers with 6 months warranty and affordable prices. The brand new sterilizer usually comes with 1 or 2 years manufacturer's warranty. By purchasing a brand new sterilizer, you are rest assured that you will be covered by the manufacturer's guarantee for any kind of problems with your sterilizer for a decent amount of time...

4 - Replacement parts: 
Same as buying an expensive car, maintenance cost and the availability of the OEM or generic replacement parts for your equipment is also another important criteria that you have to think about when you are making such an investment for your business.

We as carry the Tuttnauer, Midmark/Ritter, SciCan and Benchmark Scientific sterilizers on our online store, here. All of our sterilizers come with full manufacturer's warranty. The refurbished sterilizers may also be offered at competitive prices with 6 months warranty.

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