Inspecting Surgical Instruments
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Steam Autoclave

Most hospitals and practices use the Steam Autoclave for sterilizing instruments. If this is your method, there are a few important points to remember. First, only use distilled water for filling your sterilizer reservoir. Tap water contains minerals which will cause staining of the instrument. Secondly, if your autoclave has a steam line filter, clean it regularly using the manufacturer's recommendations as a minimum guide. Clean the inside chamber walls once a week. This will help prevent build-up of scale and will allow the sterilizer to operate more efficiently.

To clean the inside chamber, follow these steps:

 

TIP: Before autoclaving, lubricate all instruments that have moving parts. Use surgical lubricants rather than industrial oils, as they are superior for surgical instruments.

 

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