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When a load of liquids is placed in an autoclave, the operator selects the exposure time and presses the “start” button. The assumption that is made is that the product will be sterilized within the time period selected. But is it really an adequate exposure period?
It takes time for the autoclave to reach exposure temperature and additional time for the liquid load to reach and maintain temperature.
There are a number of variables that need to be taken into account before the exposure time is selected and before the button is pressed. There are also pre-cautions and suggestions to help you achieve proper sterility.
The key variables are:
Finally some precautions and suggestions for safe and effective processing of liquid loads: