Autoclave Operating Requirements

Before Each Run

  • Before loading, check the interior chamber drain to be sure it is not clogged
  • Check that door gaskets seal properly


  • Flush drain with clean water to assure that drain is not clogged and to remove any impurities in the drain from salt solutions, media, etc.


  • Test for efficiency using spore strip or 3M Comply (Thermalog) chemical integrator strip for immediate test results. 3M Comply is available from UMarket (McKesson punchout item 365492). Place indicator in center of a typical load. For autoclaves with steam generators (not hooked up to steam line), follow manufacturers' instructions for regular maintenance. Monthly autoclave testing must be documented. You can download our Autoclave Test Log template for documentation.