What is the emerging trend of dental autoclave?by Cathy W. dental information
Autoclaves may be ancient devices by the standards of modern science, but this does not mean that innovation is not present, particularly in the areas of controls, cloud connectivity, and ecological impact.
Autoclave controls have advanced greatly in the age of computers, progressing from manual controls and simple timers to computer automation that minimizes the need for user input. Computer control has also led to advances in data control, record keeping, and remote monitoring from mobile devices. Dental autoclaves with automatic printers that record data for purposes of verifying successful sterilization are now being replaced with new autoclaves that connect to the Cloud to store cycle records on the internet.
Another trend in autoclave design is toward sustainability and reducing the environmental impact from running an autoclave. The autoclave’s role as a major consumer of water and energy (both in the lab and hospital) has driven widespread efforts to reduce their impact. Green autoclaves that cut or even fully recycle the water (going from 1,500 gal/day down to less than 1 gal/day) consumed by a sterilizer are critical for creating a laboratory that is environmentally friendly. Control systems that automatically turn off the autoclave when not in use, also contribute greatly to reducing energy consumption from as high as 80kWh/day down to 20kWh/day.
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