Sterilization Equipment refers to the equipment used in Sterilization. Sterilization is an essential process in many manufacturing and healthcare settings, intending to reduce or eliminate harmful microbes (bacteria, viruses, fungi, etc.) that can cause infection or disease. Sterilizing equipment falls into three main categories:
1) Heat sterilizers- which typically entails using dry heat to kill all living organisms on a surface; this includes ovens, microwaves, and autoclaves.
2) Chemical sterilizers -which utilize chemical agents such as peracetic acid (PAA), hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), ethanol/isopropanol alcohols (ETOH/IPA), glutaraldehyde (GLUT), and formaldehyde to kill all types of microbial life.
3) Sterilizing washes- which is a process that uses various chemicals to kill microorganisms on surfaces or instruments. Sterilization equipment can be found in nursing homes, hospitals, doctors’ offices, and veterinary clinics
Sterilization equipment is very important in protecting against the spread of various types of disease.