A mixed discard load is typically made up of contaminated material of different types and forms that needs to be safely sterilized before disposal. For example, all microbiological laboratory waste should be processed prior to disposal, as must all clinical samples, e.g. blood, tissue samples etc. Laboratory waste discard loads can consist of a mixture of any of the following items: Plastic bags, containers, fabrics, gloves, paper towels, pipettes, culture plates etc. Due to the complexity of mixed discard loads, it is very important the autoclave chamber is not over filled as this can prevent effective steam penetration. We recommend multi-point (12 Pen) validation is performed to ensure repeatable, effective sterilization of all items. Astell can also offer Category III (BSL-3) compliance options for autoclaves dealing with high risk waste sterilization requirements in addition to HEPA filtration and vacuum.
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Is tap water suitable for supply to an autoclave Steam Generator?
We have supplied a large number of autoclaves with steam generators running on tap water, softened if necessary. Steam generator failure can be accelerated by hard water. We have not encountered any problems with water quality.
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