Yes, but we strongly recommend not placing wet items into the autoclave since it changes the steam quality and will increase the total heating and drying time. However, if there are extenuating circumstances and your sterile processing requires that the tray be wet, then the water on the tray should preferably be from distilled water and not tap water. Distilled water must be used with the autoclave so that there is no mineral deposit buildup that would occur with tap water.
In order to sterilize such a sensitive load, you should use an over-pressure air-steam mixture cycle.
We do not recommended using any cleaning materials other than Chamber Brite for Class N autoclaves. For Class B autoclaves, use distilled water and a soft sponge made of fabric and not abrasive steel wool to clean the inside of the chamber. Also it’s important to clean the reservoir periodically and replace the water.
Superheated steam may be the reason. There are many ways to improve the steam quality to the recommended level, but for that we have to know the exact autoclave model and steam source, and several other factors.
It is important to consider what is being sterilized and how. For example, instruments that will not be used immediately must be packed in sterilization pouches or cassettes to be stored and used at a later time, in order to avoid recontamination. In this case, you need a Class B autoclave/pre-post vacuum. Also hollows must be sterilized with Class B autoclave/pre-post vacuum.
For proper public health guidelines about how to pack and store sterile equipment, see here.
Thanks for joining us for this set of Q&A’s. Please keep in mind that the questions answered here are of a general nature and may not include specific instructions for all Tuttnauer models and for all possible sterilization loads. For specific questions regarding your autoclave model or sterilization load, please contact us directly at [email protected].