Medical equipment tends to be quite expensive, to say the least. As a result, many facilities go years before they finally decide to upgrade equipment that has long since become outdated, obsolete or at least partially non-functional. It’s our goal at Stat Biomedical Inc. to offer products and solutions that allow medical facilities to get the equipment they need at a price point they can afford, so they can continue providing the best possible care without having to bankrupt themselves to do so.
With this in mind, we offer used, reconditioned equipment at a much lower price point than the new equipment we offer, including autoclaves.
Of course, as with any other type of medical equipment in Lubbock, TX, you have plenty of options to consider when purchasing autoclaves. Perhaps the biggest decision you’ll need to make is whether you’ll purchase a manual or automatic autoclave.
Manual versus automatic
Wondering what the difference in operation between a manual and automatic autoclave is? Here’s a quick look.
When you use a manual autoclave, you must set the autoclave to its “fill” setting, then wait as the water fills up the chamber. Once the chamber is full, you must load the autoclave, shut and lock the door securely, adjust the temperature to the correct setting for the purposes of sterilization and begin the timer. As soon as the load is complete and the timer runs out, you then exhaust the sterilizer. You must exhaust the water and steam from the autoclave before the unit cools—do this by turning the knob to the “exhaust” setting. Once the pressure inside the chamber drops to zero, you can then open the door and start a dry cycle by resetting the timer. The contents can then be removed from the autoclave once the dry cycle is finished.
Automatic autoclaves are much simpler to use. All you need to do is set your sterilization preferences, and the water will start to flow into the chamber, at which point an LED indicator light goes on and the sterilization process begins. The autoclave will then exhaust automatically once it has met the proper parameters. After the exhaust process is complete, the drying cycle begins automatically and will beep when finished.
It takes merely a push of a button to start up an automatic autoclave, but a manual autoclave takes much more work and knowhow.
While manual autoclaves are much more time consuming, have fewer safety features and do not have the same monitoring controls as automatic autoclaves, they are also much less expensive and have lower repair costs, so those are factors you’ll want to consider when making your purchase decision on behalf of your medical facility.
These are just a few things to keep in mind when purchasing used automatic or manual autoclaves. To learn more about the equipment we have available at Stat Biomedical Inc., reach out to us and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about used medical equipment in Lubbock, TX.
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