Surgical Instrument Cleaning Detergent Description
Surgical Instrument Cleaners and the Surgical Instrument Passive Layer can Prevent Surgical Instrument Corrosion. Surgical Instrument Cleaners and Surgical Instrument Passive Layer can avoid pitting. Stainless steel surgical instruments are made of corrosion resistant high-grade specialty steels. Corrosion resistant does not mean corrosion proof. One of the special characteristics of these steels is that the manufacturer forms a passive oxide layer on the surface which protects them against corrosion. This makes surgical instruments as corrosion resistant as possible. It is imperative that you maintain the passive oxide layer to prevent corrosion and maintain your surgery instruments in optimal condition. If this is not done the stainless steel can corrode or stain which can reduce the life of the surgical instrument or render it useless. All stainless steel surgical instruments have the same corrosion resistance. When strength and hardness requirements are important factors for instrument function, corrosion resistance is generally lower. Increasing the corrosion resistance would soften the stainless steel. Manufacturers of surgical instruments and surgical instrument containers recommend the use of neutral pH cleaning concentrates. The all-in-ONE Surgical Instrument Detergent Enzyme Lubricant Cleaners are designed to deliver all of the ingredients necessary for thoroughly cleaning and maintaining surgical instrument stainless steel: four enzymes (protease, amylase, lipase, and carbohydrase) break down all forms of bioburden, including blood, carbohydrates, protein, polysaccharides, fats, starches, oils, uric acid and other nitrogenous compounds. Surfactant chemical detergents thoroughly clean to the surface of surgical instruments, and enhance the stainless steel passive layer for extended protection against corrosion, pitting and stains. Surfactant detergent cleaning agents and rust inhibitors remove surgical instrument stains, and mineral encrustation. The water soluble ionic bonded lubricant lubricates moving parts of surgical instruments and containers with no visual spotting or film. 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. The manufacturers of surgical instruments, scopes, and surgical instrument containers recommend the use of neutral pH surgical instrument cleaners, enzymatic cleaners, detergents, and lubricants because this offers a longer life for surgical stainless steel instruments. Surgical instrument cleaning detergents, enzyme cleaners, detergents and lubricants with a high or low pH have been shown to erode the passive layer. The most common cleaning concentrates that have a high or low pH are cleaning products utilize an alkaline detergent with an acid neutralizer. Virtually all manufacturers of surgical instruments and surgical instrument containers recommend against using products pH that is higher or lower than neutral pH, which has a value of 7. The all-in-ONE surgical instrument detergent enzyme lubricant cleaners deliver a neutral pH of 7. Yellow brown to dark-brown stains or spots on surgical stainless steel instruments are frequently mistaken for rust. These residue deposits, stains, or spots arranged in groups or along edges or in crevices are usually the result of the surgical instrument being exposed to a cleaning solution that is not neutral ph. The rust spots will lead to the pitting of the surgical instrument surface if not removed. Excessively hard water can contain high levels of salt sufficient to cause stains or spots that appear as rust. Boilers used to generate the steam for steam sterilizers, if not cleaned properly, will produce contaminated steam which can deposit minerals onto instruments during the sterilization process. The all-in-ONE surgical instrument detergent enzyme lubricant cleaners contain a water softener buffer, that is intended to soften hard water containing high mineral levels. This will avoid the mineral encrustation and the rust spots that lead to the pitting of the surgical instruments. Virtually all manufacturers of surgical instruments, rigid scopes, flexible scopes, and instrument containers recommend the use of neutral pH surgical instrument cleaning detergents, enzymatic cleaners, and instrument lubricants. Some products being sold are considered, by the manufacturers of surgical instruments, to be extremely problematic by delivering an acidic or alkaline pH. These products being sold for disinfection or cleaning, can corrode metal, cause discoloration, and facilitate stress fractures. Do not use surgical instrument cleaning products with chlorine bleach to clean or disinfect stainless steel instruments, as pitting will occur. The high pH of bleach causes surface deposits of brown stains and will corrode the surgical instrument. Even high quality stainless steel is not impervious to an acidic bleach solution. Studies regarding the passive oxide layer of surgical instrument stainless steel, to prevent corrosion, have revealed a reduction in corrosion prevention with the use of cleaning concentrates that are not neutral pH. The use of surgical instrument cleaners that deliver an acid rinse will release nickel from the stainless steel and decrease the efficacy of the passive layer. These observations reflect the changes that occur in the passive oxide layer on first immersion of stainless steels in aqueous media. The use of a neutral ph surgical instrument cleaning detergents, such as the all-in-ONE surgical instrument detergent enzyme lubricant cleaners will enhance the passive layer of the surgical instrument stainless steel and increase the resistance to corrosion, pitting and stains. Surgical instruments will look newer and perform longer.