Autoclaves were covered previously in this chapter (Figure 8.25). They are an essential component of an effective barrier or containment facility, required for sterilizing cages, cage parts, bedding, feed, and other supplies. In the case of barriers, cages and supplies are autoclaved into the barrier area. In the case of containment, they are autoclaved out of and in many cases are also autoclaved into the containment area. If the autoclave is not an integral part of the barrier or biocontainment area, items to be autoclaved must be wrapped or otherwise protected or sealed to safely transport them between the autoclave and the barrier or containment area.

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