The Prestige podiaclave is one of the most recognizable podiatry autoclaves used in the UK, manufactured by Prestige Medical for over 20 years. Part of the new Podiaclave range the Podiaclave 134 is a small easy to use autoclave, ideal for the smaller clinic. In this guide I run through who Prestige medical are, the machines they offer and the technical info for the popular podiaclave 134.
Who are Prestige Medical?
Located On Duttons way, on the Shadsworth business park in Blackburn, Prestige medical are on of the UK’s largest providers of autoclaves and decontamination equipment to industries such as Dentistry, Veterinary, Podiatry even Tattooists.
The Prestige Classic 2100
One of the most recognized autoclaves in podiatry known as a “2100 classic”. A pressure cooker type as it’s affectionately known, this autoclave has been serving podiatry start-ups and practices for over twenty years.
The autoclave reached a temperature of 126 degrees, deemed unacceptable under the change of regulations which cam into affect at the end of 2010.
It is recommended by the manufacturers that you also use the TST indicator strips with every cycle to ensure the machine is reaching the correct temperature. these can be purchased from many of the main podiatry suppliers.
The Prestige Podiaclave 134
The model underwent a redesign in 2009 to meet the changes in autoclave regulation by the society of chiropodists and podiatrists. The new podiaclave now meets the minimum sterilization temperature of 134 degrees, it also features a printer to enable the practitioner to keep a printed record of each cycle. TST Indicator strips are still recommended. Optional clip tray furniture is also available.
Prestige Podiaclave Features
- Round internal basket for placing instruments
- 134 degree “N” type steam cycle for un-pouched non hollow instrument
- Automatic printer ticket at end of cycle
- Simple one press cycle start
- Smaller and relatively lightweight in comparison to other autoclaves
What’s included on the box
- Main Machine
- Printer including leads
- Printer Paper Roll
What type of practice is the Podiaclave 134 suitable for?
The podiaclave is a small simple autoclave with easy to use features. It can fit approximately 4-6 sets of instruments per cycle, although this can depend on size & shape of instruments and whether you are using the optional clip tray system. When using the standard basket supplied it is not recommended to overload the machine as this can compromise the effectiveness of the cycle. Steam needs to be allowed to circulate around the instruments.
How do you operate the sterilizer?
One of the best features of the podiaclave is it’s ease of use. Once you have mastered the basics it is an efficient machine to operate. The basic instructions are as follows:
- Fill level inside chamber with distilled water.
- Place instruments in basket or in cassettes with TST indicator strip.
- Secure lid on machine.
- Connect machine to mains power.
- Press start button.
Pro’s & Con’s of the Prestige Podiaclave
- Small and easily transportable in comparison to other autoclaves
- Cost effective initial purchase price
- Easy to use
- Meets current guidelines & EN/BS standards
- Not as reliable as more expensive autoclaves available
- Body of machine gets very hot
- Limited capacity
- Unable to sterilize pouched instruments
- Non tray based system
Height – 335mm
Width – 340mm
Net Weight – 5.6 kgs
Capacity – 9 Litre
Max Instrument Length – 290mm
Max Load Weight – 3 kgs
A market leader for over 20 years, the podiaclave is probably the best budget podiatry autoclave available. With it’s easy to use features and simple design it makes an obvious choice. Being the only compliant autoclave that can be moved from location to location is a big bonus. Many people will organize group servicing on the podiaclave to reduce engineer call out charges and lower costs.
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