June 11, 2007 09:48 AM

The Safety of Used Sterilizers

Most people who aren’t in the medical profession aren’t sure what all of the gadgets and gizmos that you can find in a doctors office are for. A sterilizer is something that most non-medical folk aren’t quite sure of. A sterilizer is actually a very simple device, which is designed to make an object free of all germs. It works by using air pressure to blast a massive amount of steam at the object, which kills any bacteria that may be in or around the object. Once the object is sealed it will remain germ free until the doctors open it to use it during an exam or in an operation.

There are numerous types of sterilizers, from those which use UV lamps in order to sterilize to large autoclaves, which hospitals often use, to help to keep things free of germs. Many worry that used sterilizers are something that isn’t safe, but in reality, most used sterilizers work exactly the same as a brand new one would work, only they are less expensive to purchase. Those who purchase a used sterilizer can save themselves a great amount of money as well.