Sterilization of instruments

From:Kathleen Cormier

Hello all!

What is the preferred method of sterilizing instruments during necropsy of 
multiple animals? We may do upwards of 20 animals during a session. What we 
do is in between animals or samples is to dip the instruments in 70% ETOH 
then "flame" them, allow to cool off for 20 seconds them proceed with 
dissection. After one too many beaker fires we are being asked to change 
our procedure. One suggestion is heated bead sterilization in between 
samples/ animals another is to order 30 additional sets of instruments and 
autoclave the sets prior to use. Any suggestions?


Kathy Cormier
Histology Supervisor
Div Comparative Med

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