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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 74-76

Requirement of clinical waste autoclave in a healthcare institution: A mini-review

1 Department of Central Sterile Supply, Tata Medical Center, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
2 Department of Nursing, Tata Medical Center, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
3 Department of Microbiology, Tata Medical Center, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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Mr. Debabrata Basu
Central Sterile Supply Department, Tata Medical Center, 14, Major Arterial Road (E-W), New Town, Kolkata - 700 156, West Bengal
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jacm.jacm_22_18

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A waste autoclave is essential for treating solid waste materials before disposing to the external environment. This can be done by the hospital itself (on-site waste treatment) or by a third party. Treatment of waste materials is based on the category of the waste and their disposal policy. Fundamentally, clinical waste autoclave mechanism is slightly different from the clinical autoclave that is used in the hospital sterile supply department. The clinical waste autoclave assures that the residual air in the chamber and waste liquids will be sterile before disposal. The objective of this article is to distinguish the clinical autoclave from the clinical waste autoclave so that the functionality and advantages of the waste autoclave in reducing environmental pollution by sterilising the waste materials and the effluents (e.g. aerosols and contaminated liquid) at the same time before draining or disposal is understood.

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