Choosing a good autoclave

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choosing a good autoclave

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A good autoclave does more than protect dental practitioners and patients from viruses and bacteria. There are many critical factors that may or may not be immediately apparent when selecting a steam sterilizer. 

Reliable products 

Reliability is a key factor when choosing the right dental equipment. Consider the efficiency of what you must buy, as well as the warranty, after-sales services and ease-of-use. It is also better to buy from a dental equipment supplier that has trained technicians for regular services and maintenance.

Standards compliance 

Dental autoclaves are required to meet certain standards while performing the ultimate function of safety assurance for patients and dental practitioners. As a registered dental practitioner, you are legally required to ensure that your practice complies with every policy included in ADA’s Guidelines for Infection Control – whether existing or prevailing. For example, the new standard AS:5369 will be moving away from the manual reprocessing of Reusable Medical devices (RMD’s). As it stands, international guidelines recommend that manual cleaning should only be used if mechanical or automated methods are not available. To take the guesswork out of the equation, MELAG thermal disinfectors such as the MELAtherm 10 and MELatherm 10 Evolution provide automated cleaning and disinfection. Unless in cases where automatic washer units cannot be used – or for difficult to clean instruments – automated thermal disinfectors help you stay on the right side of the ADA regulations.

Labour Saving 

The less time your staff spends washing at the sink – and the more after-hours reprocessing that your practice clocks – the more time they get to spend with your patients. Thermal disinfectors that provide automated cleaning and disinfection help to save and free up labour time. 

Cycle times 

Depending on the types of dental autoclave and sterilization temperature, dental autoclave sterilisation time typically ranges from 25 min – 150 min. With a smart dental autoclave unit, you can reach the set temperature quickly and maintain optimum levels for the right intervals of time. Not only will that save on time and electricity costs, a shorter cycle means your practice can handle a higher number of patients in a day. 

Staff safety 

If the health and safety of your staff ranks on your priority list, it may be time to give automation the consideration it deserves. Automated sterilisation also helps to prevent staff injuries – by reducing handling of contaminated items or needle sticks – and exposure to aerosols, such as enzymatic chemicals whilst manual washing. Automated washing of RMD’s achieves a high level disinfection through the thermal disinfection phase for the all-round safety of both staff and patients

Reusable Medical Device Care (RMD) 

Reprocessing is a multistep process required to ensure that a RMD is safe for its intended use. Sterilisers achieve a thorough wash through the following: Mechanical wash action; the use of chemistries at elevated wash temperatures; final rinse in pure water; effective drying to all areas and surfaces of the instrument. Whilst disinfection reduces the number of microorganisms by a factor of 100.000, sterilization achieves a factor of 1.000.000. Notably, integrated solutions from MELAG combine both sterilization and disinfection in a structured workflow for safe instrument reprocessing.

Supplier confidence 

William Green is easily one of the country’s most established and trusted names in dental supply. Besides carrying a wide range of accessories to meet customers’ requirements, William Green employs a skilled team of trained engineers to ensure quality installations as well as reliable maintenance and support. 

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