Sterilisation is the process of removing all traces of bacteria and other germs. It is an important process, which helps to reduce the risk of infection and prevent the spread of infections and illnesses.
When is sterilisation required?
Sterilisation is used in a variety of different clinical settings, including hospitals, dental surgeries and community health centres, as well as at home and in outlets or places providing food.
Why is sterilisation important?
Sterilisation is very important in the medical industry. Without sterilisation, infections would fly around and thousands of lives would be lost. Sterilisation helps to prevent the development and spread of infection, as well as protecting members of staff working in clinical settings and members of the public.
Methods of sterilisation
There are various methods which are used by sterile services departments, which include:
- Chemicals: chemicals, including phenol, alcohols, chloroform, aldehydes, halides, dyes and quarternary ammonium compounds.
- Heating: heating can sterilise certain things, for example, food can be reheated to a certain temperature to kill any bacteria or germs. Devices known as autoclaves are often used to sterilise dental and medical equipment; an autoclave sterilises equipment by subjecting it to high pressure steam.
- Sterile filtration: this is a method of removing bacteria which may be used when other methods are not suitable.
With flash sterilisation equipment making cleaning instruments fast and efficient it is no wonder why many dental and veterinary surgeries choose autoclave equipment. At Serve-ICE we offer and service a range of dental and veterinary decontamination equipment as well as consumables for you practice.
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