Loading pattern

How to decided Autoclave load pattern.

What kind of autoclave are you referring to? What kind of items do you intend to sterilize?

Load patterns should be defined in a way that allows or facilitates heat penetration to the items being sterilized.

If you have a steam sterilizer, some recomendations can be:

  • The load should not be on direct contact with the surface of the chamber
  • The load pattern should not make it difficult to remove condensates
  • It should facilitate heat penetration by not obstructing steam penetration or air removal

You can read PDA’s Technical Report #1 for a saund reference a rationale for the definition of load patterns.