In the last few weeks I have been talking with a young man who went to an electrologist who presented him with gross unsanitary conditions. I have been explaining how a client can identify “proper procedures” so here’s a little “look-see” at one way we “zapperettes” sterilize tweezers and other instruments (the short version!).
Photo 1 is my old “Pelton & Crain” autoclave, a real workhorse in the medical community. This uses heat and steam.
Photo 2 shows a batch of tweezers that just came out of the sterilizer.
Photo 3 shows and individual bag containing one tweezer. See the word “CROSSTEX?” That’s the “chemical indicator.” In a new (unused) bag the word is pink. Once through the sterilizer, it changes color to blue. (This is only one precaution that we use to show sterilization was successful.)
Photo 4 shows WHAT YOU WANT TO SEE! You want to see your tweezer being torn out of a fresh steri-bag that has been through the process successfully.
Of course, there are several other approved methods of sterilization; this is one of them. I’m posting these photos to give clients a little inside view on what to look for in an electrologist’s office. Always look for that BAG!
This particular client said his electrologist “stored” the tweezer on a dirty bathroom sink, and used it on him for several days with no sterilization whatsoever. Yeah, that’s a “no-no” … and I don’t mean THAT silly hair removal device.