OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE
Section I. CHARACTERISTICS
The Castle M/C 3333 Surgical Dressing Sterilizer is equipped with a
microcomputer that monitors and sequences all cycle phases. A microprocessor
provides both audible and visual notification of component failure or improper sterilizer
operation. The sterilizer employs pressure/vacuum pulsing to condition goods prior to
processing at the exposure temperature during the wrapped goods cycle. The sterilizer
uses the following manufacturer's recommended temperature, exposure, and drying
times for the following types of goods and materials.
a. Wrapped Goods.
(1) Linen packs. 135C (Celsius), (275F [Fahrenheit]), three minutes
minimum exposure, and three minutes minimum drying time.
(2) Hard and dry goods. 135C (275F), ten minutes exposure, and 15
minutes minimum drying time.
(3) Temperature sensitive dry goods. 121C (250F), 20 minutes exposure,
no minimum drying time.
b. Unwrapped Instruments and Metals. 135C (275F), three minutes
exposure, no minimum drying time.
c. Liquids. 100-121C (212-250F), exposure time as required, slow exhaust.
Knowing the functions of each major component and how they relate to each
other is necessary for you to effectively service the sterilizer. The following paragraphs
describe the functions of the major components. Refer to figures 1-1 through 1-4.