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Sterilization of liquids, solids, waste in disposal bags and hazardous biological substances

Sterilization of liquids, solids, waste in disposal bags and hazardous biological substances

Sterilization that is easy, safe, accurate, reproducible and validatable.

The sterilization process in an autoclave can be rather difficult. For example, when sterilizing liquids or solids (instruments, glassware, filters or textiles) for later use in the lab, the sterilization process must ensure to produce a sterile product, reproducible at any time. Products sterilized for use in labs cannot be tested for sterility, as this would contaminate them again and thus they could not be used in the lab any longer.

Validation of steam sterilization processes has become an increasingly important issue to ensure reproducible results that can be verified. Furthermore, safety aspects must generally be considered when autoclaving, and in particular when sterilizing liquids. Sterilization is generally done at a temperature of 121⁰C.

This corresponds to a steam pressure of approx. 2 bar. Such high temperatures and the ensuing pressure may pose considerable risk potential for the operator, if the autoclaving process has design flaws or is not executed properly.

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Exhibitor: Systec GmbH