How an Autoclave Works - Steam Culture

We are continuing our series on the products we use daily that involve steam boilers. Today, Brent visits the dentist to learn how steam plays a part in the sanitation of dental instruments.

Hot water and steam have been sterilizing instruments since Biblical times. These days, we use the Autoclave. Watch as Dr. Travis shows us just how the autoclave works when sterilizing.

Questions asked during this video:
How are an autoclave and pressure cooker similar?
At what temperature is steam considered "sterile"?
What is the autoclave?
Who invented the autoclave?
Besides steam, what other option is there for sanitation?

Key terms:
Charles Cumberland
Steam Autoclave
Steam Culture
Steam Sterilization
Steam Sanitation
Sterilization Equipment
Steam Autoclave Sterilization

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