Bio-medical Waste Management Products
The Hydroclave is essentially a double-walled (jacketed) cylindrical, pressurized vessel, horizontally mounted, with one or more side or top loading doors, and a smaller unloading door at the bottom. The very small Hydroclave units have a single side door for both loading and unloading.
The vessel is fitted with a motor driven shaft, to which are attached powerful fragmenting/mixing arms that slowly rotate inside the vessel. When steam is introduced in the vessel jacket, it transmits heat rapidly to the fragmented waste, which, in turn, produces steam of its own. A temperature sensor is located in the bottom inside part of the vessel, which measures the temperature of the waste as it is agitated and mixed, and this sensor reports back to the main computerized controller, which automatically sets treatment parameters ensuring complete waste sterility – even liquid infectious waste. After sterilization, the liquid but sterile components of the waste, are steamed out of the vessel, re-condensed and drained to sewer. The remaining waste is dehydrated, fragmented, and self-unloaded via a reverse rotation of the mixer/agitator.
There is no correlation between waste characteristics and treatment efficacy. All the waste is consistently sterilized. Liquid and heavy loads, however, will take somewhat longer to reach the temperature and pressure required to initiate the sterilization cycle, but sterilization automatically occurs. There is no need for “pre-and post-vacuum”, that is, pull infectious air and liquids of the vessel, as is the case with autoclaves. Pulling air and liquids out of an infectious environment increases the risk of live pathogen emission. The Hydroclave eliminates this risk due to the vigorous dynamic activity within the Hydroclave, which mixes and heats any entrained air with the steam and waste material.