Autoclave come in such a wide variety of formats, footprints, and sizes today; it can be hard to know which size to purchase for your hospital facility or laboratory. Given that an autoclave is a fairly expensive piece of kit though, it’s important to consider carefully and make sure you’re getting the right one to meet your needs.
It’s a Question (or Three) of Size
Size should probably be the first of those considerations, so here are three questions to answer, which will help you to select the right-sized autoclave machine.
What are the volumes and sizes of load that you’ll need to sterilize at any one time?
How much floor space can you afford to give up to your new autoclave?
How big is the longest instrument or largest surgical pack that will need to undergo autoclaving?
By answering these three questions, you’ll have a good idea of the autoclave size that will best suit your facility. Remember too that if floor space is at a premium, you can always opt for one or more bench-top autoclave machines.
Three Questions – Zero Regrets
Once purchased, your new machine will be with you for a long time. If you’re careful to select the right size and footprint, you won’t spend the next few years wishing you’d picked a larger or smaller autoclave. That fact alone should justify the time and thought required to answer the three questions above.