How to maintain your autoclave
It is important to maintain your autoclave. The lack of maintenance can also result in deterioration and excessive wear of the contents being disinfected. How to do it?
Everyday needs to do the following:
1) The contents to be sterilized are clean and free of debris, and blood and organic tissues are very important. Otherwise the instrument or sterilizer may be damaged. We strongly recommend using an ultrasonic cleaner to help with the cleaning process.
2) Check the door mat for excessive wear or cracking. The seal and fitting surfaces should be cleaned with a mild detergent such as a spray or a cloth or sponge.
3) When running the sterilization cycle, it is very important not to overload the sterilizer tray as it will result in insufficient sterilization and drying.
4) Always ensure that the test strip is used in each cycle to immediately ensure that the correct parameters have been reached for sterilization.
The following points need to be done each week:
1) Keeping the autoclave clean is the most important point. Always use a non-scratch scrub pad to clean the tray and holder with a mild, non-abrasive cleaner. Always rinse the instrument and never use steel wool, wire brush or bleach.
2) Completely drain the water from the tank and replenish it with fresh distilled water.
3) It is strongly recommended to conduct a biological live spore test on a weekly or at least monthly basis to ensure sterilization.
The following points need to be done each month:
1) Clean the chamber and flush the line with the recommended autoclave cleaner as described for the cleaner. Usually you need 2 gallons of distilled water to do the job.
2) Check the power cord and plug for overheating and excessive wear - this may cause a fire. If this is the case, replace the power cord. Some power cords are quickly disconnected and easily replaced. If not, the replacement will need to be done by a certified repair company.
The following points need to be done each year:
Every year, you should inspect the autoclave thoroughly, clean it, test it, and calibrate it. This is often referred to as PM or preventive maintenance services. This service usually involves replacing worn parts such as gaskets, seals and filters. This will ensure that your sterilizer is up and running and in good working order.