Checking the autoclave before the summer closure
Take care of your clinic with 5 simple moves and depart without any worries
Summer is finally here and dental practices also shut down. Before shutting the doors of your clinic, here’s a mini-guide explaining how to safeguard the efficiency and longevity of your autoclave, so you can leave on holiday without any worries.
5 simple steps to make sure your practice is taken care of:
1. Drain and clean the tank compartments
Periodically cleaning and emptying the tanks during periods of inactivity are essential to preserve the machine’s efficiency and durability, by preventing the build-up of stagnant water.
Here is how you do it:
- Drain the tank compartment with the pipe provided and remove the lid.
- Use a cloth or some paper towels to wipe away any debris or dirt which will probably have settled on the walls and bottom. Removing any residue is crucial because it will stop the filters from getting blocked.
- Then, leave the tank compartments empty whilst your practice is shut. This will prevent the stagnation of water and breeding of any bacterial flora.
2.Clean the chamber and door
It is quite normal for debris and dirt to build up in the course of daily activities and this particularly occurs on the bottom of the chamber. Removing this residue and cleaning the surfaces is as important as it is easy and quick.
Here is how to do it:
- When the machine is switched off (and cold), take out its inner parts: basket and instrument trays.
- Now dip a cloth, or the sponge provided, into some water but make sure to use no detergent.
- Sponge off or wipe all the chamber surfaces, paying particular care to the bottom, the door and the creases in the seal of the chamber opening because this is where residue and debris tend to build up mostly.
- Do not close the door. Leaving it open will make sure the seal does not undergo deformation.
3. Shut off the water supply
When the clinic shuts down for the holidays, the water supply network should be put in safe conditions, particularly with regard to the supply of the Aquafilter:
- Remember, therefore, to shut the water and put the entire system in safe conditions.
- Unscrew the two resin trays of the Aquafilter and empty them in order to keep the resins out of the water and prevent them from discharging during periods of inactivity.
- Re-insert the resins into the Aquafilter so that they do not dry out
4. Get in touch with Authorised Euronda Technicians
If you have any doubts, or if the autoclave display has recently reported any kind of maintenance messages, do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our technicians or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our support service will get back to you and deal with the issue quickly.
5. Check the validity of the instruments sterilised
The sterilized and wrapped instruments maintain sterility for a given time, it is right to check that the validity does not break down during the holidays. If you use Eurosteril® envelopes you are safe for 6 months.
The importance of checks and maintenance for Class B autoclaves
Remember: a quick check before the summer break could prove to be very useful. A few gestures and simple precautions, alongside regular maintenance, will help to improve the efficiency and longevity of the autoclave, optimising and facilitating your tasks.