Preventing Infection In Your Veterinary Operating Room: Machines You Need

My mother moved in. I’m going to share more about the medical equipment and supplies we have in the house. I hope that will help others in similar situations.

Preventing Infection In Your Veterinary Operating Room: Machines You Need

3 October 2016
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Animals, just like people, can suffer from infections. Whether these infections are brought on by pests and injuries or by poorly sterilized operating equipment, the results are the same—a very sick animal that is suffering. If your veterinary clinic has seen an uptick in post-operative infections, your sterilization methods may be a little behind the times. Here are some operating room sterilizers and machines that can do a better job of sterilizing the vet's operating tools and preventing infections in the animals your clinic treats.


Autoclaves, even refurbished ones, are still a better option than no autoclave at all. These machines are used to sterilize everything from needles at a tattoo parlor to scalpels in hospitals. They do more than just "clean" these sharp instruments—they completely sanitize them so that there is absolutely no trace elements of flesh, blood, disease, micro-organisms, viruses, or bacteria present. Most modern vet clinics use autoclaves to clean and sterilize all of their operating room instruments (clamps, scalpels, saw blades, etc.). You can purchase a refurbished autoclave at a discount, and it should come with a health certification and guarantee against diseases and infectious materials.

Operating Room Sterilizers 

Other machines used for sterilization are also available at a discounted price. These machines were designed and built specifically for the growing number of surgical instruments that are not heat-resistant or made of surgical-grade steel. Instead, the instruments are various types of plastic, that while they are effective and maintain a healthier surgical environment for some patients, the instruments are not able to withstand the temperatures of an autoclave.

Ergo, these newer sterilization machines expose the plastic instruments to different types of gases that kill everything on the instruments. The most commonly-used gas machines utilize ethylene oxide, hydrogen peroxide gas plasma, ozone, and/or acetic acid immersion baths. If your vet clinic uses these newer (plastic) instruments and they are the reason why your clinic has refrained from purchasing an autoclave, you can now bypass this issue by purchasing the alternative operating room sterilizers. 

Most of these machines rely on basket sterilization, which means there are one or more basket trays into which instruments are dropped. Then the basket trays are inserted into the machine, where they are shut in behind a door on the front of the machine or a top-loading door. The instruments spend an hour or more immersed in the gas or semi-liquid bath before they are effectively sterilized.

For more information, contact local professionals like Heartland Medical Specialties Inc.

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Helping Your Elderly Parent Remain Comfortable at Home

Hi. My name is Mitch Jacobs. My wife and I have raised our two children up until last year we lived alone. That was when my mother moved in with us. Mom is 89 years old. As one would expect, she has a few medical issues. In particular, my mother has back problems, suffers from a minor heart condition, and gout. When setting up Mom’s room, we decided it would be best to have a special bed. Her bed is similar to those in hospitals. Being able to raise to a sitting position helps her to be able to get in and out of the bed. The bed isn’t the only medical equipment we had to get. I’m going to share more about the medical equipment and supplies we have in the house. I hope that what I have to share will help others in similar situations.