To compare high cost alternatives and/or determine the economic value of a single alternative, facilities can use an LCC analysis. Buyers can use analysis techniques to examine the cost-effectiveness of leasing or renting steam sterilizer equipment versus purchasing it outright.
Steam sterilizer suppliers offer service contracts or service on a time-and-materials basis, and so do some third-party organizations. Facilities should carefully consider all the options.
Some of these steam sterilizer features affect the cost of autoclaves, including: method of air removal, controller options, and service contracts.
The prices of these washer-sterilizing units vary. The following features significantly contribute to the price: method of air removal, chamber size, doors - manual or power, controller options, auxiliary loading equipment, service contracts, trade-in equipment, delivery area, and freight charges.
To ensure that sterility is achieved, the flash sterilizing units should record time and temperature.
Steam sterilizers should have microprocessor controllers, which provide a more precise control and monitoring of sterilization cycles.
Steam sterilization should be performed in at least 121
Facilities should consider the following factors before making a steam sterilizer purchase: life-cycle cost, local service support, discount rates, non-price-related benefits offered by the washer-sterilizing unit supplier, and standardization with existing equipment in the facility.
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