In the mid-19th century, French chemist Louis Pasteur found that bacteria can be killed at 120 degrees Fahrenheit. He invented the sterilization technique of boiling or heating instruments to kill microorganisms and his efforts eventually led to the use of the autoclave as a standard medical tool. While our Statim autoclave systems are effective for numerous sterilization applications, keeping them properly maintained is essential to consistent performance. Here’s a quick guide to help you understand the ideal daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning tasks for your Midmark M9 or Midmark M11 sterilizer.
First, it should be noted that anybody performing these maintenance tasks should allow the unit to cool completely in order to prevent burns and injuries. Start your daily autoclave maintenance by washing its exterior according to the procedures set by your facility. You should use only quaternary disinfectants, and as always, consult the owner’s manual for more specific information. In addition to cleaning, you should also examine the door gaskets for any damage and clean them with a damp cloth as well.
Weekly maintenance tasks focuses primarily on cleaning the inside of the system. Start by draining the water from the reservoir if necessary. Remove the inside components such as trays, racks, and plates, and wash them thoroughly and the inside chamber using mild soap or Speed Clean and water. Finally, refill the reservoir will clean water that meets the purity standards set my the manufacturer.
Finally, monthly maintenance involves flushing out the entire sterilizations system. After ensuring that the chamber is completely cooled, drain the reservoir and fill it with clean water. Then, add an ounce of Speed Clean to the bottom of the chamber and run the ‘Pouches’ cycle. Press stop after the Dry Cycle starts, then drain the reservoir and refill once again with clean water.
The reasons for autoclave failure typically fall into two categories: failure of the operator (human error) or mechanical failure due to age or improper maintenance. Taking proper care of your sterilization systems can prevent the need for Midmark autoclave repair services and maximize its lifespan. For more information about autoclave service companies, contact Statim USA.