The importance of sterilizing equipment for surgical and other purposes cannot be sufficiently stressed. Bacteria and other contaminants can collect and proliferate on instruments used by tattoo and piercing shops as well as dentists and oral surgeons. Given this, a variety of techniques and equipment has been developed in order to effectively sterilize the tools used by these and other professionals.
The Origin of the Autoclave
French chemist, Louis Pasteur, discovered a valuable sterilization method during the mid-19th century that continues to be used today. He realized that when subjected to temperatures of 120 degrees Fahrenheit, that bacteria could be killed. As a result, Pasteur invented the sterilization technique of boiling or heating instruments. Since this procedure proved t