Removing Pathogens Summary: It is a recognized risk of exposure to unidentified microorganisms that processing personal endure during the reprocessing of surgical instruments. Our goal is to minimize the amount and degree of processing personal exposure to this risk and provide processed surgical instruments that are clean: safe to handle, safe for patient care, are processed at the lowest cost, and have received the prerequisite for disinfecting surgical instruments and/or sterilizing surgical instruments.
A Clean Surgical Instrument is Safe to Handle. It is critical that devices are cleaned properly to secure the safety of workers in the clean area. During the steps of inspection, sorting and packaging of devices, the unprotected processing personnel are repeatedly at risk from a surgical instrument that has remained contaminated with microorganisms. Within the implementation of the Universal Decontamination Precautions, it is our goal to eliminate exposure or reduce risk whenever possible. The use of proper hand washing methods can render surgical instruments that are clean, but requires continual worker exposure to contaminated devises. The worker performance is influenced by skill level, knowledge and work load. This may impact the efficacy of the process. The use of properly designed washer disinfectors reduce overhead costs and provide for the consistence removal of microorganisms. Once a surgical instrument is clean, it is then safe for further processing and handling. Proper cleaning is the prerequisite for disinfecting and/or sterilizing surgical instruments. Surgical instrument cleaning reprocessing is safe when surgical instruments are cleaned with the optimal surgical instrument cleaning protocol. Clean surgical instruments are safe to handle when surgical instruments are cleaned with the optimal surgical instrument cleaning protocol. Optimal cleaning can render surgical instruments that, at the end of the cleaning process, are sterile. Avoid chlorides when using surgical instrument cleaners and endoscope cleaners. Typically, hospitals hand wash surgical instruments with dried on or excessive debris, even when automated washing is not used prior to prep and pack. Hand washing places the processing 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 processing area, devices requiring further processing are handled by unprotected personnel.
Reprocessing Staff Risk Cleaning Surgical Instruments Inherent in the manual decontamination process is power spraying, splashing, the creation of the contaminated aerosols and the potential for infectious punctured wounds. The handling of each individual device is time consuming, labor intensive, renders limited through-put and has high overhead costs.Surgical Instrument Cleaning is the Prerequisite for Sterilizing Surgical Instruments. Disinfecting Surgical Instruments and Sterilizing Surgical Instruments can only be effective if the cleaning, whether done it's manually or automatically by using a Surgical Instrument Washer, Washer Disinfector, is adequate. Automated Washer Decontaminator, using Surgical Instrument Cleaning Detergents, should safely contain within its chambers the washing action, removal of debris and contaminated aerosols. The batch treatment of devices by Washer Decontaminators saves time, increases material through-put, provides for FTE reduction and lower component cost. It has been demonstrated that a properly designed Washer Decontaminator, that is used to manufacturer’s specifications, will consistently and repeatedly remove all microorganisms. Washer Decontaminators should be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s direction for use, to secure the most consistent and efficacious results. Worker safety for processing efficacy can be compromised by violating the manufacturer’s recommendations. Examples of such recommendations are keeping working chambers closed during processing and the use of purified water final rinses. Surgical instrument cleaning reprocessing is safe when surgical instruments are cleaned with the optimal surgical instrument cleaning protocol. Clean surgical instruments are safe to handle when surgical instruments are cleaned with the optimal surgical instrument cleaning protocol.
Neutral pH 7 surgical instrument cleaning solutions are recommended by all surgical instrument and container manufacturers. The all-in-one enzyme surgical instrument cleaners delvers water softeners that treat the source water to counter the corrosive effects of source hard water that contains high mineral levels, and a free rinsing ingredient breaks the surface tension of the final rinse for spotless and residue free surgical instruments. The all-in-ONE enzyme detergent lubricant cleaner is designed to deliver all of the ingredients necessary for effectively cleaning and maintaining surgical instrument stainless steel.