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Choosing the Right Autoclave for Your Veterinary Clinic

January 28th, 2021
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For most efficient veterinary clinics, an autoclave is an extremely important piece of equipment. It is the backbone of a constant sterilization process that helps keeps animals safe. When effectively used, vets can carry out their procedures confidently knowing they are using sterile equipment.

However, not all clinics have the right equipment. An autoclave is an investment and choosing the wrong autoclave will be a costly mistake. This often deters clinics from upgrading or incorporating one into their process.

But with the information that we are going to share in this article, choosing the right autoclave will be easier than ever.

The Benefits of an Autoclave

Autoclaves come in all shapes and sizes. This allows them to be helpful in almost any size clinic. Larger sized clinics will often opt for a larger automatic version, and smaller clinics can make use of a smaller, tabletop, manual autoclave.

Beyond that, there are two shapes of autoclaves, cylindrical and rectangular. Both are common in veterinary clinics. Rectangular ones are generally larger and stand up on their own. Cylindrical can go on tabletops and take up less space.

To keep equipment clean, an autoclave uses both high temperature and high-pressure levels to effectively remove bacteria. This saves a bunch of time and energy involved with the sterilization process and helps vets treat more animals.

To make sure that your veterinary clinic reaps all of these benefits, you need to know how to choose the right one.

What to Look for in a Veterinary Autoclave

When investing in an autoclave, it is important to do some research and planning first.

As a basic rule of thumb, here are some of the criteria that you will need to consider before purchasing:

  • Size of the chamber.
  • Type of chamber.
  • How often it will be used.
  • Fully automatic or not.
  • The number of trays inside.
  • The time it takes to sterilize.
  • Power consumption.
  • Warranty.
  • Maintenance costs.

Finding the answers to all of these may not be easy. Therefore, when you are considering purchasing a veterinary autoclave it is a good idea to contact a professional team. They can answer all your questions and suggest some important things to consider that you may have otherwise overlooked.

Alpha Scientific supplies, installs, and services medical equipment in western Canada. If you have any questions about this article or would like to talk to us about medical equipment, please call our toll-free number, (888) 818-4847, or email us at sales@alphascientific.ca.