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What is an autoclave sterilizer used for?


Science and technology can be very confusing and sometimes hard to understand. Countless chemical reactions are produced every second in the atmosphere, and you may end up missing all the beauty if you’re not familiar with the terminology and the science behind these processes.

In today’s episode, I would want to talk to you about another great machine that is used for a variety of purposes – the autoclave sterilizer. Here is everything you need to know about what it is and how it works.


What is an autoclave sterilizer?

The autoclave was invented about 130 years ago by Charles Chamberland and it represents a pressure chamber that uses the power of steam and pressure to carry out various industrial processes. Ever since its invention, this machine managed to save thousands of lives since it is often used in the medical industry to sterilize hospital equipment.

The autoclave uses the power of pressurized saturated steam at approximately 249 degrees Fahrenheit. Depending on the content and the purpose of its use, the machine takes 15-20 minutes to complete a sterilizing cycle.


What are the uses of an autoclave sterilizer?

This fascinating device is widely used in fields like medicine, microbiology, veterinary medicine, funerary practices or dentistry. The autoclaves can also be used in the food industry in factories that process ingredients and require a sterile work environment.

The typical loads you can find inside this device are surgical instruments, laboratory glassware or even medical waste. It was recently discovered that the autoclave could be successfully used in the medical waste industry.

With the help of superheated water and pressurized steam, the machine can neutralize all potentially infectious agents and reduce the risk of nosocomial infections in hospitals or medical labs.


The beauty industry

Autoclave sterilizers vary in size and load capacity and can also be used in the beauty industry. Tattoo artists and body painters often use small-sized autoclaves to sterilize their equipment before using it on a client’s body. Body piercings undergo similar safety procedures before penetrating the skin.

These professional steam devices are crucial if you want to ensure the safety of your salon’s clients, as well as your own safety. Human skin is highly sensitive and prone to a variety of bacterial infections that can lead to further complicated diseases and affections.

If you cannot afford to buy your own autoclave for your shop, there are other methods of sterilizing your equipment. To avoid any suspicions, you can also opt for disposable or single-use tools, especially when it comes to needles. The rest of the equipment can be sterilized using alcohol solutions.


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