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30 Nov 2023 | Australasian Dental Practice

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New steriliser gets thumbs up!

By David Petrikas

Practice manager, Janet Rome from Busy Smiles at West Ryde was one of the first in Australia to experience Dürr Dental's revolutionary Hygoclave steriliser.


At A-dec's invitation, Mrs Rome road-tested the Hygoclave 40 side by side with the practice's existing sterilisers to assess its suitability to the local market.

She said she found it very easy and "straight-forward" and easy to use, with the icon-based touchscreen menu making operation simple and intuitive.

"It would be very easy to teach other people how to use it. In a busy steri room being able to just touch a button to start a cycle is a real advantage without having to go through menus.

"At the same time it seems more 'advanced' and you had more information that came up on the screen. It was quite obvious looking at the icons and you know what it is telling you."

One of the main things she noticed in its operation was that every cycle came out dry.

"I've been doing this for a long and every now and then in processing if nurses haven't dried instruments properly or over oiled a handpiece, they'd come out with moisture or oil spots and they'd need reprocessing.

"But not with the Hygoclave. We didn't have to reprocess anything."

Mrs Rome said the Hygoclave was also very quiet in operation. "You wouldn't even know it was on if the lights weren't on. It was also quite fast doing a cycle."

The automatic door closing and unlocking mechanism was another great feature of the Dürr Hygoclave.

"The door on one of our other sterilisers often plays up and is hard to open. You've got to have quite good biceps to open it sometimes.

"The Hygoclave never gave us any problems and it self-closes and unlocks again when you push the button."

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