Autoclave Sterilization Process Guide

8 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2019

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Saif Aldeen Saad Alkadhim

Head of Research and Studies division; University of Technology

Date Written: December 1, 2018


In today's world, the need for infection control has never been greater. The patients and the health care professionals have become more concerned about the transmission of pathogenic organism than ever before. Controlling microbial contamination through sterilization has long been considered the most essential component of an infection control program. The result of proper instrument sterilization is the protection of the patient, and the health care professional from various infection diseases. The focus on infection control has sharpened.

Since infections increase the severity of illness, complicate recovery, and prolong inpatient stays they raise the cost of care. The ever growing expense of health care has focused providers' attention on reducing costs. Often this means re-sterilizing and re-using expensive plastic items that might otherwise be discarded.

Instruments must be sterilized between usage. There are several types of sterilization equipment. Steam sterilizers (autoclaves), dry heat sterilizers, heated chemical vapor sterilizers, and gas sterilizers.

Keywords: Sterilization Equipment, Steam Sterilizers, Dry Heat Sterilizers

Suggested Citation

Alkadhim, Saif Aldeen Saad, Autoclave Sterilization Process Guide (December 1, 2018). Available at SSRN: or

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