Back Office Humor-#1

(Absconded from a sterile processing tech’s Pinterest post!)

Hmm. Is that true?

Sorry about that!

Well, then you might as well do whatever you can to enjoy the limited “health benefits” of your free, in-office steam facial.

But assuming that you’re not actually off and out on a real “spa day” — and you’re the designated autoclave jockey tasked with loading and unloading the beastly sterilizer — you’ll want to be sure that:

(a) the steam that is wafting gracefully into your eyes and nostrils is CLEAN steam (i.e., not smelly and yucky from being birthed inside a dirty autoclave); and–

(b), the steam that is wafting gracefully into your eyes and nostrils . . . is doing so from an OPEN door and at the END of the sterilizing and venting phase of your cycle!

‘Cause if that ain’t the case — you’ve got problems!


To start with, the steam should smell pretty much like. . . steam. Yes, there will be a little bit of an odor to it — But, for heaven’s sake, it shouldn’t smell like the exhaust hood above the range inside your favorite hamburger joint’s kitchen at lunch time!

Autoclaves are supposed to be CLEAN pressure vessels sterilizing CLEAN instruments using VERY CLEAN distilled water.


Next, the “how” and “when” of this steamy situation.

If it’s at the end of the venting (exhaust) phase of the sterilization cycle and the door is slightly open — because it either popped open automatically (like it should) or because YOU opened it manually to enhance the drying of your load — well, that’s OK. That is when you’re supposed to see some steam.


But, if you’re seeing steam coming out DURING the cycle. . . this is a problem!

It could be the door gasket. Could be something else. Your autoclave might keep on operating. But, then the next thing you know your sterilizer calls it quits and your load turns up “not sterile”.

Not good.



CALL US! Zerimar.

We deal with these kinds of issues all the time. Autoclave sterilizers are our business. Ask about our PM (Preventive Maintenance) package. We’ll ‘splain all the details.

Here’s the number:

(480) 497-4392

Now, quit getting steamed and give us a call!