What is easy to do is also easy not to do. – Jim Rohn
As a “microwave society” — we enjoy seeing results immediately, and not necessarily waiting for the compound effect to kick in over a long period of time.
Taking a few minutes every single day to clean sterilizer chambers has both short term and long term benefits. Think about the concept of dental hygiene; it is preventative maintenance. Do you brush your teeth daily? Of course you do. But, do you floss daily? Maybe not. It’s easy to do, but it’s also…easy not to do. The benefits of doing this mundane and extra minute or two of work every single day has exponential benefits for your health in the long run.
The same can be said for sterilizers and the health of your patients. Over time, substances accumulate on chamber walls and can contaminate packs and impede performance. Consistent daily, weekly, and annual cleanings can lengthen the equipment’s lifetime, improve operational heating efficiency and steam quality, improve the esthetics visually, and most importantly — ensure safety and surgical efficacy for patients.
Additionally, having a professional clean the sterilizer chamber is highly recommended.
You can either pay for it now through investing a few minutes daily of your time, or you pay for it — literally — in the long run with purchasing new capital equipment and costly repairs.
For example, Boiler descalings cost approximately $1500. If bolts break, the rescaling turns into a descaling and repair. Chamber cleanings for small to large vessels can run upward of $1,300.
To summarize, cleaning your sterilizer regularly will:
- Reduce chamber residue, contamination, and rejected packs
- Lower the potential for substance blockage and unnecessary issues such as downtime due to service calls
- Improve surgical and patient outcomes
- Having a professional annual chamber cleaning extends the machine’s life and overall performance
If you’d like to be proactive and schedule a chamber cleaning with Auxo Medical, give us a call and we’ll take care of your maintenance needs.