Autoclaves / Sterilizers

Absolute Medical carries a full line of new and refurbished medical sterilizers. Our line of Autoclaves can be used for many aplications such as, dental instrument sterilization, medical instrument sterilization, hand piece sterilization as well as any other autoclavable material. Whether you are looking for a manual sterilizer or and an electronic autoclave we have your sterilizer needs covered. Please browse our site and feel free to call us with any questions.

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Autoclaves / Sterilizers Questions & Answers

An autoclave is a type of sterilizer that uses steam under high pressure to remove all living organisms or other contaminants from a piece of equipment  Autoclaves are found in many common professional service provider settings, from doctors, dentists and veterinary offices to nail salons and tattoo parlors. They are ideally suited for environments where the goal is to avoid passing germs between patients or clients, and as such are used for dental instrument sterilization, medical instrument sterilization, hand-piece sterilization, and the sterilization of any other autoclavable material. There are both manual sterilizers and automatic autoclaves available at Absolute Medical Equipment.

Autoclaves are a subset of sterilizers.  A sterilizer is any kind of equipment that can sterilize. The autoclave, like any sterilizer, will kill all forms of germs and bacteria. However, the autoclave will use steam to accomplish the sterilization, while a regular sterilizer could use chemicals, filtration, irritation, or some combination of the these methods to kill living organisms. Since an autoclave uses very hot steam, and not all equipment is able to withstand the high temperatures, other sterilization processes are indicated for those types of equipment.

With manual autoclaves, you have to physically set the autoclave to fill and wait for water to flow into the chamber. You then load the autoclave, shut and lock the door, and select and set the correct sterilization temperature for the material being sterilized. Automatic autoclaves are push-button controlled and work automatically with the sterilization settings. While automatic autoclaves are simpler to operate, you don’t have the detailed control of the sterilization operation that you get with a manual autoclave.

There are a number of factors to be taken into consideration when choosing an autoclave.  Firstly, how much counter or bench space can you devote to the equipment?  And what load capacity will you need? To calculate this, measure the length of your longest instrument or the size of the surgical pack to determine the length and volume of the chamber you will need. Also, porous and nonporous instrument materials need different types of cycles in order to be properly sterilized. Pre-vacuum autoclaves actually suck out the chamber air so that the steam can effectively penetrate porous items. Gravity autoclaves can sterilize nonporous equipment and liquids.  So depending on the type of instruments you have, you may need different cycles to sterilize the items.

If you have the budget for new equipment, you can have machinery that will last for decades and can be a good long-term investment in equipment. Refurbished equipment is restored to like new condition at considerable savings as compared a new autoclave or sterilizer. In either case, be sure to check for a warranty to protect your purchase. Make sure that it covers parts and labor and confirm the length of the warranty. A good rule of thumb is 1-2 years coverage for new autoclaves / sterilizers and about 6 months for parts and labor coverage for a refurbished autoclave /sterilizer. Whether you buy new or refurbished, you will want to make sure that parts are easily available.