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steam sterilization

Postby michimichi » Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:05 pm

does the steam coming out from an autoclave during decontamination can harm a person once hes exposed (let say smelled or inhaled)to the steam?
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Postby canalon » Sun Jan 29, 2012 5:01 pm

Yes. But only because it is mighty hot and can cause burn to your face and your sensitive nasal and buccal epithelia. Or if someone has autoclaved things like HCl in large quantity (do not ask) and you are unaware of that detail when you open the autoclave. But there are no bacteria in it.
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