enzyme surgical instrument cleaners
with detergents deliver all the ingredients necessary for superior cleaning outcomes prior to sterilization.
Surgical instrument washing rendered sterile surgical instruments, at the completion of the washing process.
APIC Association for Professionals in Infection Control
Director CS, Ohio State University, President of APIC
International Annual Conference of APIC,
Oral Presentation by Ann Drake
The new technology of a surgical instrument washer disinfector, used with a combination enzyme surgical instrument cleaner detergent, offered increased protection to our reprocessing staff due to decreased handling but raised concerns about the efficacy of washer thermal disinfection as opposed to using the traditional washer sterilization, for effectively cleaning surgical instruments prior to sterilization.
The surgical instrument washer times and temperatures, rendered sterile surgical instruments at the completion of the washing cycles. The reprocessing goal is effectively cleaning surgical instruments prior to sterilization.
The sequential surgical instrument washer cycles from flush/rinse ultrasonic cleaner cycle, enzyme cold water washing, elevated temperature detergent washing, redundant rinses, lubrication with deionized water, and drying at 240 F, for 4 minutes, effectively cleaning surgical instruments prior to sterilization.
The surgical instrument washer was challenged with selected surgical instruments and utensils. Included were 30 stainless steel non-perforating towel clips and stainless steel and glass medicine cups. Each item was rinsed (contaminated) with a 105 ml of Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonsaeruginosa, Enterococcus fecalis and Candida albicans, in nutrient media, and then dried.
The surgical instruments were processed in the washer, in separate loads during times of high volume reprocessing. All products were tested for sterility. All surgical instruments and utensils tested were sterile at the completion of the surgical instrument cleaning process, prior to sterilization.
When cleaning surgical instrument prior to sterilization, the cycle medical instrument washer temperatures are;
cold water pre wash cycle: ambient to 95 F, 35 C,
wash cycle: 131 to 137 F, 55 to 58 C,
thermal rinse cycles: 194 to 209 F, 90 to 98 C,
hot air cycle temperatures: 158 to 230 F, 70 to 110 C,
for effective cleaning medical surgical instruments prior to sterilization
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