If the answer is yes, be aware.
Be aware of the fact that the majority of the autoclaves that you will find have been around for a while, and most likely, the chamber might cracked.

It takes time for these chambers to develop a crack.  But when they do, the process from the time it begins to loose pressure until the time you are ready to throw the towel from frustration can be months or even a year or two, but the chamber eventually will need to be replaced.

If you would like to know more what needs to be done to avoid any issue now, and not to spend lots of money, call me for free consultation.  Or better yet, fill out this form, and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you,

If your sterilizer is broken, or doesn’t heat up, or pressure is building up way above the 28psi, or the sterilizer won’t pass a spore test, and … you need help … we can help you.  You may click on Local Sterilizer Repairs Near You.

A word of advise.  When you eMail or call, please be ready with answers to the following questions:

1.    What’s the manufacturer name, model #, and serial # of your sterilizer?
2.    110v? or 220v?
3.    Whom did you buy this sterilizer from?
4.    Did you buy it used or new?
5.    How long ago did you buy it?
6.    Was it ever repaired before?
7.    If it was repaired before, what was done to it?
8.    When was the last time it was repaired?
9.    What’s the address of where you are located?
10.  Your phone #
11.   Are you a dentist? or a medical doctor?
12.  Is this the only sterilizer you have? or you have another one as a back up.
Thank you,

We recently became Heidoph USA approved wholesale vendor.  Please call Shlomo Savyon directly  1-800-762-1586 ext 215 for help.

Here is the link of the Tuttnauer Heidolph Vertical Laboratory sterilizer web site.

Thank you,

Ext 215

I have been reading some very interesting articles in Pharmaceutical Technology regarding new sterilizers.

They all deal with a similar subject of sterilization methods and validation.

While in most cases the traditional methods of steam or dry heat sterilization work well, there are circumstances where these or even EO sterilization fails to meet the requirements.

Materials may be degraded or they are too sensitive to be exposed to moisture.

With this thought in mind there seems to be a few new methods on the horizon for solving the current issues.

These include but are not limited to:

  • Vapor-phase hydrogen peroxide
  • Nitrogen dioxide gas
  • Chlorine dioxide gas
  • Carbon dioxide

All four are explained in detail in the article i have attached for reference.

What is important is that we continue to search for new methods to sterilize safely and effectively and have a method to prove the process.

*Reference Source: Emerging Sterilization and Disinfection Technologies Offer Alternative Solutions

Maintain a SterilizerIn our first article, we told you how to know if your sterilizer is working properly. Now we are going to take a closer look at sterilizer maintenance and cleaning. There are many federal, state, and private companies involved in monitoring the safety of sterilizers and autoclaves.

Regularly maintaining and calibrating your equipment will ensure that you’re compliant with all rules, regulations, and best practices in the industry. In this article, you will learn how to maintain a sterilizer and keep it fully operational. (more…)

how to choose a sterilizerSterilization is useful in many situations, sometimes unexpectedly. During the 2001 anthrax scare our company, and many others in the industry, stepped in to help the government sterilize the federal mail (http://www.nytimes.com/). This business is all about keeping people safe and healthy. That’s why it’s important to know how to choose a sterilizer that meets industry requirements.

If you reuse the same equipment or instruments, you know that you need a sterilizer to kill bacteria and create a sterile environment. Choosing the right sterilizer can seem challenging when you consider that dentists, orthodontists, medical doctors, veterinarians, lab technicians, tattoo artists, body piercers, nail salons, and spas all have different sterilization needs. In the last two articles, we told you how to verify that your sterilizer works and how to choose the right sterilizer for the job. In this article, we will show you how to choose a sterilizer that will work for you. (more…)

history of sterilization equipmentThe history of sterilization equipment dates back to the 1680s, however sterilizers did not become popular for practical use until the mid 1800s. Scientists like Louis Pasteur used sterilizers to perform experiments and understand fundamental chemical processes (http://dwb.unl.edu).

If you work in an environment with potentially hazardous biological substances, it’s important to understand the basic principles behind the sterilization process. So, let’s start at the beginning! (more…)

how do I know my sterilizer worksA few months ago, there was a scare in Oklahoma where over 7,000 patients had to be tested for HIV and Hepatitis due to improper sterilization procedures at a dental clinic (http://www.nypost.com). Thankfully, events like these are rare, but it really shows the importance of following an effective sterilization procedure.

Terrible events like these may leave you asking yourself, “How do I know my sterilizer works?” We understand how important this question is to you.

If you’re a doctor, dentist, laboratory technician or even a tattoo artist, you want to maintain a safe work environment. When dealing with potentially hazardous biological substances, you want to be sure that your sterilization procedures are effective. (more…)

The resiliency of Acinetobacter bacteria has been known since it was first studied in 1973 after being brought back from Vietnam by soldiers.  At that time, the spread of this infectious agent could easily be controlled with common antibiotics. Today the pathogen can be found in the soil and in water sources across the U.S. Unfortunately, it has also acquired multidrug resistance.  This germ generally attacks people who are vulnerable because of traumatic injury or a compromised immune system. (more…)

Germgard’s new room temperature gas sterilization system has been independently tested and the results recently released.  An article in Bio-Medicine on August 5, 2009 states that Germgard’s six minute sterilization process really only takes three minutes!  That’s twice as fast as the company originally claimed earlier in the year.  The tests revealed that 3 minutes was enough to kill 100 percent of Geobacillus Stearothermophilus spores in the test media, the standard for testing surgical instrument sterilizers. (more…)

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