It is necessary to autoclave scientific glassware items to ensure the sterilization of surfaces. There are many glass items used within the laboratory environment but most, if not all, will require effective sterilization on a routine basis. Some examples of popular laboratory glassware include conical and volumetric flasks, beakers, test tubes, graduated cylinders, watch glasses and more. It is generally recommended to use borosilicate or quartz glassware, which can better withstand the stresses of high autoclave temperatures and pressures.
Unwrapped instruments are usually items such as those used in examinations and operations for medical, dental, veterinary, beauty and ophthalmology. However it can also include selected equipment used for performing laboratory experiments. Sometimes it may be necessary to sterilize larger items such as apparatus or metal cages, and these would also generally be processed as unwrapped instruments.
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