Clean is Safe
The safety for cleaning of surgical instruments, for reprocessing staff, is part of the protocol for cleaning surgical instruments prior to sterilization.
The lubricant enzyme surgical instrument detergent cleaners clean fast and effectively. It is a recognized risk of exposure to unidentified microorganisms that reprocessing personal endure during the decontamination, reprocessing, and cleaning of surgical instruments. Our goal is to minimize the amount and degree of reprocessing personal exposure to this risk and provide reprocessed surgical instruments that are clean: safe to handle, safe for patient care, are reprocessed at the lowest cost. Optimal decontamination cleaning-reprocessing of surgical instruments will secure the prerequisite for disinfecting surgical instruments and for sterilizing surgical instruments. Healthcare Facilities manually clean hand washing surgical instruments surgical instruments with dried on or excessive debris, surgical instruments that are cannulated, surgical instruments with working channels and/or surgical instruments with lumens. Healthcare Facilities also manually clean hand washing surgical instruments, when a surgical instrument washer decontaminators or washer disinfectors is not available. Hand washing surgical instruments places the reprocessing personnel at risk. In the decontamination area, surgical instruments are received that are contaminated with variable amounts of debris and unidentified microorganisms. In the Clean Side reprocessing area, surgical instruments requiring further reprocessing are handled by unprotected reprocessing personnel.
CLEANING SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS BY HAND CAN LEAD TO INJURY AND INCREAESED EXPOSURE TO HERPATITIS. THE CDC BELIEVES THAT AS MANY AS 18,000 HEALTH CARE WORKERS PER YEAR MAY BE INFECTED BY THE HBV, AND AS MANY AS 300 DEATHS MAY RESULT ANNUALLY.
Inherent in the manual cleaning-decontamination-reprocessing of surgical instruments is power spraying, splashing, and the creation of contaminated aerosols. The hand washing of surgical instruments (manual cleaning decontamination reprocessing) presents the risk of infectious puncture wounds. The handling of each individual surgical instrument device is time consuming, labor intensive, renders limited through-put and has high overhead costs. Exposure Contained by Automated Surgical Instrument Washers Surgical Instrument Decontaminators Surgical Instrument Disinfectors In the United States manufacturers of Surgical Instrument Washers are not approved by the FDA to market their products as Washer Disinfectors. However, many of the Surgical Instrument Washers are manufactured to produce the times and temperatures that can effectively deliver disinfected surgical instruments. If it is your preference to have cleaning reprocessing results of a "washer disinfector", refer to the Surgical Instrument Washer Specifications for assurance that the times and temperatures available are those you consider to be appropriate for disinfecting surgical instruments.
Surgical Instrument Reprocessing
The use of proper methods for hand washing surgical instruments, (reprocessing decontamination) can render surgical instruments that are clean, but requires the continual exposure of the Reprocessing Staff to contaminated surgical instruments. The Reprocessing Staff performance is influenced by skill level, knowledge and work load. This may impact the efficacy of the process. The use of a properly designed surgical instrument washer decontaminator disinfector reduces the: overhead cost of reprocessing, risks to the Reprocessing Staff and provides consistence removal of all microorganisms from soiled surgical instruments. Once a surgical instrument is clean, it is then safe for further reprocessing and handling. Proper cleaning is the prerequisite for disinfecting and/or sterilizing surgical instruments. Optimal cleaning can render surgical instruments that, at the end of decontamination, cleaning, and reprocessing, are sterile.
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