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The Role of Sterilizers in the Medical Field

For anyone that's ever stepped foot inside a hospital, emergency room, or doctor's office, he will know that the role of sterilization is one of the most important processes. Sterilization begins when nurses and doctors use latex gloves when checking out patients and can also be found in the operating room and even under routine check ups. An autoclave is a device used to sterilize medical supplies and equipment above their boiling point by using high pressure steam heated to 121 degrees Celsius or more and superheated water. The machine was invented in 1879 by Charles Chamberland and is used in such industries as medicine, microbiology, veterinary science, podiatry and dentistry. Once doctors of this era realized the effectiveness of the autoclave, the device became an indispensable part of every doctor's office and hospital.

Autoclaves and sterilizers come in several forms. One of the most popular autoclaves resembles a pressure cooker and is a large pot with a gauge on top that fastens to the top of the pot. The water inside is pressurized to reach above the boiling point at 100 degrees Celsius.

The role of autoclaves and sterilizers in the medical field is a very important one, because without the device, it would be extremely difficult to properly clean medical equipment and objects for use on another patient. Most of the doctor's offices that use autoclaves are usually small in nature and sterilize just a small batch of medical instruments. Hospital autoclaves are much larger and resemble the size of a dishwasher and can sterilize a larger number of medical instruments in one cycle. When shopping for refurbished autoclaves some of the best sterilizer and autoclave models are one-touch instruments, meaning that the technician loads the machine, presses a single button and lets the machine do the rest.

Autoclaves help to kill all bacteria, fungi, viruses and spores that can be found on medical devices and other objects. Although many medical procedures use single-use items, there are many objects and pieces of equipment that have to be sterilized before further usage. The need for autoclaves and sterilizers was prompted when doctors began using hypodermic needles. And ever since the introduction of autoclaves and sterilizers, hospitals and doctor's office across the world have used them in their practice toward the best benefit of their patients.

Since autoclaves and sterilizers use damp heat, some products cannot be sterilized. Items made of plastic or paper, for example, would melt or become destroyed and therefore cannot be sterilized in an autoclave. Some medical devices and other objects also come equipped with medical indicators on medical packing which will change colors once the accurate conditions for sterilization have been met. Once the color on the outside packaging changes, the object has been properly clean and is ready for further usage.

Autoclaves are also used in the medical field when used to sterilize medical waste before it is disposed of in the standard municipal solid waste stream. Due to environmental and health concerns, the use of autoclaves in this fashion has grown considerably.

2 days ago

Radiation protection and the safe use of X-ray equipment: laws, regulations and responsibilities.

Background. South Africa's regulatory framework for

electromagnetic medical devices has come under considerable criticism.

Here it is reviewed in terms of how it has given form to protective

measures against ionising radiation. The Hazardous Substances Act

provides for effective protection against radiation, but has been

undermined by poor administration and uncertainty about regulations and

licensing conditions. The legal weight of enforcing licensing conditions

through a website without proper consultation with all parties concerned

is questionable and ineffective. Effective and legal radiation control

is possible by activating

6 days ago

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1 week ago

E. Coli outbreak linked to dirty medical equipment

A recent outbreak of a deadly strain of E. coli in an Illinois hospital was spread by contaminated medical equipment used to examine patients' intestines, according to a new study.

In 2013, nearly 40 patients at the hospital were infected with a strain of E. coli called the New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase-producing strain, or NDM-producing strain. No patients died as a direct result of the outbreak.

The NDM enzyme made by this strain of bacteria breaks down antibiotics, making the infection very difficult

1 week ago

Top 10 New Orleans Museums

1850 House

French Quarter

Historic house

Algiers Folk Art Zone & Blues Museum

Algiers Point


American Italian Museum

Central Business District


Ansel M. Stroud, Jr. Military History and Weapons Museum

Lower Ninth Ward


Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

French Quarter

Natural history

Backstreet Cultural Museum


African American

Beauregard-Keyes House

French Quarter

Historic house

The Cabildo

French Quarter


Confederate Memorial Hall

Central Business District


2 weeks ago

Medical Equipment Suppliers

Good medical equipment is indispensable for any medical research laboratory. Medical equipment suppliers maintain an inventory of a wide range of standard laboratory products for sale. These include equipment for use in the analysis of blood gas and electrolytes, chemistry, immunology, hematology, coagulation, microbiology, urinalysis as well as a complete offering of ancillary laboratory equipment, reagents, and controls.

Offering Reliable Solutions for the Medical Industry

Medical equipment suppliers offer their customers a competitive advantage. Lab equipment dealers have a significant role in improving brand awareness among customers. They have an inventory of products from the industry's most respected manufacturers and are therefore well-equipped to meet the needs of laboratory professionals working in different settings.

Established suppliers of medical equipment offer post-sales services for the products they supply. Their efficient repair and refurbish packages ensure that the products they supply function properly. Besides, they also supply consumables and spares for most products. Other benefits include:

o Customized production

o Logistics assistance

o Special export packaging

o Extended warranty

o Service contracts and warranty

o Competitive pricing

o On time delivery

o Material service visits

o In-house service

Easy and Cost-Effective Product Selection

The online presence of medical equipment suppliers has made shopping simpler and easier. Their database provides a wealth of information about their products and services, and simplifies the selection process. They also offer facilities for placing online orders.

There are several online portals with a wide listing of medical equipment suppliers. To get the right products for your settings, you will need to understand the nature and type of device you need and then select the online supplier that can meet your needs.

By: Jeremy Linder

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Block Scientific is the affordable source of fine Medical Laboratory Equipments like Centrifuges, Chemistry Analyzers, Hematology Analyzers, Blood Gas Analyzers and more.

2 weeks ago

Swimmers complete 7-hour crawl across shrinking Dead Sea

EIN GEDI, Israel -- A multinational group of swimmers swam seven hours through the salty, soupy waters of the Dead Sea on Tuesday in a bid to draw attention to the environmental degradation of the fabled lake.

At dawn, the 25 swimmers left on boats from Ein Gedi on the Israeli side of the Dead Sea to Wadi Mujib on the Jordanian side. Then, wearing special protective masks and snorkels, the swimmers paddled through the thick waters in what turned into an 11-mile swim from Jordan to Israel.