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Sterilizing Medical Equipment

Written by: Arthur Trapotsis

Medical professionals are legally obligated to provide patients with a standard of care. One of the key requirements for meeting this standard of care is the proper sterilization of medical equipment. Healthcare organizations are audited by various groups; chief among them are The Joint Commission, DNV-GL and the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). […]

University Research Case Study

University Laboratory Doubles Throughput with Tower Units

Written by: Arthur Trapotsis

Challenge A core research lab at a Southeastern-based university approached ARES Scientific, a long-standing sales partner for Consolidated Sterilizer Systems, with the need to increase sterilization throughput without adding a second core room. During initial meetings, the client explained to Ryan Coutant, Vice President of ARES Scientific, that they wanted to add sterilization capacity to […]

Is It Time to Upgrade or Replace Your Autoclave?

Written by: Jason Thompson

Autoclaves are often a mission-critical tool and, like all machinery, do experience wear and tear as a result of frequent use. Inevitably, there will come a time when you replace your unit to ensure consistent autoclave performance. Here are some guidelines around when it may be time to upgrade or replace your autoclave: The autoclave […]

Your Go-To Guide for Autoclave Safety

Your Go-To Guide for Autoclave Safety [w/ Free Checklist!]

Written by: Scott Mechler

Autoclaves, also known as sterilizers, are designed to disinfect, decontaminate, and sterilize laboratory equipment using incredibly hot, pressurized steam. As a result, there are a number of potential risks associated with operating an autoclave, such as steam burns, hot fluid scalds, and hand and arm injuries when closing the autoclave door. In order to avoid […]

Decontaminating N95 Masks with Steam Sterilization

Written by: Amit Gupta

Can N95 Masks be steam sterilized for reuse?  This article attempts to answer this question by giving a review of the current literature and taking a closer look at N95 filter types and materials of construction. The ability to autoclave N95 masks would be ideal because autoclaving is a proven sterilization process and existing autoclave […]

common autoclave problems

7 Common Autoclave Problems You Should be Aware Of

Written by: Scott Mechler

In an ideal world, laboratory autoclaves would always work exactly as intended. Unfortunately, issues can and do arise — the key to resolving them is knowing what to look for. In this article, we’ll outline seven of the most common autoclave problems and how to identify them. 1. The sterilizer won’t reach the temperature set-point. […]

Autoclave Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs): How to Safely Operate an Autoclave (+SOP Template)

Written by: Scott Mechler

Autoclaves, also known as steam sterilizers, use pressurized steam to kill any microbial life that may be present on a contaminated item. For this reason, autoclaves are most commonly used in laboratories, hospital operating rooms and food production facilities in order to sterilize goods and instruments. Autoclaves are extremely powerful and can be a bit […]

53 Items Every Autoclave Maintenance Plan Should Include

53 Items Every Autoclave Maintenance Plan Should Include [+ Free Log Sheet!]

Written by: Mike Peters

Here at Consolidated Sterilizer Systems, we’re of the mind that the importance of routine preventative autoclave maintenance really can’t be understated. After all, preventative maintenance reduces system downtime, improves processing performance, eliminates the need for costly repairs, and ensures workplace safety — and that’s only the start of it. Bearing that in mind, we’ve put […]