Top Three Dangerous Myths About Autoclaves and Sterilization

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Revolutionary Science Weighs In: The Saniclave 200 FDA approved autoclave prevents dangerous infections like cold and flu, HIV/AIDS or MRSA, the “flesh-eating” disease.

Dangerous myths regarding sterilization can cost ... the lives of patients and customers.

People exchange bad advice every day. Dangerous myths regarding sterilization can cost more than money. It can cost the health and even the lives of patients and customers. This article will dispel some of the most dangerous myths found in the autoclave market today and discuss the new advances in sterilization technology found in the new Saniclave 200 autoclave. Although such a list cannot be comprehensive, we chose to point out the top whoppers.

Myth #1 – Only buy an autoclave that is popular and has been on the market for a long time.

This is perhaps the most dangerous myth of all. If an autoclave has been on the market for a long time, it has been tested to obsolete test requirements and standards. New scientific aspects of infectious diseases and sterilization are discovered every year, but some autoclave designs can be caught in the past. Unfortunately, the FDA does not require autoclave manufacturers to update their designs with recent scientific discoveries and trends. In fact, some autoclaves that are still on the market have even been grandfathered in by FDA as old pressure cookers from decades ago. Use an autoclave that complied with the rigorous testing requirements of FDA recently and NOT something that has simply been on the market for a long time.

Myth #2 – It is OK to use pouches in a top loading (pressure cooker style) autoclave, even if it doesn't have a dry mode.

Almost everyone that uses autoclaves will wrap their instruments in pouches, towels or bags. The problem with top loading (pressure cooker style) autoclaves, is that they do not dry. When the dry cycle is complete, dry bags can be handled. Microorganisms travel far more efficiently through water. It is a shame to contaminate instruments while pulling a wet autoclave pouch out of a wet autoclave.

Myth #3 – Reusing old, dirty water is OK. Endotoxins are no big, hairy deal

Not only are some endotoxins hairy, they are also a big deal. Key members of the FDA and the autoclave industry serve on a joint committee called the ANSI/AAMI ST55. Endoxins have been a growing concern and discussed heavily in these committee meetings in recent years, primarily because the human immune system does not know how to get rid of them. “Think of an amoeba. When that amoeba dies, not only its carcass, but its excretions are left behind as endotoxins." states Chuck Fishelson of Alfa Medical.

Would someone drink or cook with water after it has gone down the drain? Then why sterilize instruments with it? Many autoclave automatically reuse old, dirty water from the previous cycle. Although this may seem convenient, this water can be teeming with endotoxins. "Isaac Erickson of Revolutionary Science adds, "The best way to prevent endotoxins is to use an autoclave that will use fresh water each time, like the Saniclave 200 or the SciCan Statim"

Revolutionary Science used the Saniclave 200, Tuttnauer Elara Series and the Scican Statim as poster children. These devices received full FDA approval in recent years. Purchasing an autoclave that has obtained FDA approval recently can assure you that they comply with all modern, critical standards.

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