Ultrasonic Surgical Instrument Cleaners and Ultrasonic Solutions
Surgical Instruments Washers
Ultrasonic Surgical Instrument Cleaner Lubricant Solutions clean surgical instrument effectively. Ultrasonic Surgical Instrument Cleaner Lubricant Solutions clean residue free.
Properly Designed Tunnel Washers, Washer Decontaminators, Washer Disinfectors are designed to clean all surfaces thoroughly, thereby providing the critical prerequisite for the safe handling, disinfecting, and the sterilizing of surgical instruments. Critical cleaners, usually referred to as Washer Decontaminators Washer Disinfectors, perform pre-wash, ultrasonic (optional), detergent washing, purified water elevated temperature rinsing, lubrication and high temperature drying in such a manner as to provide thoroughly clean, stain free and lubricated medical devices. Surgical Instruments cannot be sterilized (be sterile) unless all exposed surfaces are properly cleaned, prior to sterilization, to remove soil (debris, bioburden) and properly rinsed to prevent staining. Not all Washer Decontaminators Washer Disinfectors provide adequate pre-rinsing, pre-cleaning, purified water rinsing, and thereby render higher rejection rates of processed surgical instruments. The proper sequence of treatment and the correct choice of time, temperature and the components used are necessary to render surgical instruments that are critically clean, safe to handle, and have the prerequisite for sterilization. Washer Decontaminators Washer Disinfectors employ a cold water pre-wash to remove gross debris. This removes proteins and lipids, preventing them from being baked onto devices during the high temperature treatments to follow. Then, the ultrasonic process creates millions of micro implosions to loosen and free debris from lock boxes, hinge pins, serrations and other difficult-to-access surface areas. The Washer Decontaminators Washer Disinfectors detergent wash then applies high flow low pressure water with a cleaning concentrate (at ~ 135 degrees F) in such a manner as to evenly reach all areas of the load and strip bioburden from the surgical instruments. The elevated temperature (at ~ 194 to 209 degrees F) purified water final rinse secures the biocidal process, removes mineral deposits from prior cycles and lubricates the instruments. The high temperature (at ~ 158 to 230 degrees F) dry cycle presents heated, forced air which dries each device. The critical cleaned medical devices are now clean, safe to handle, have the prerequisite for sterilization, and are properly prepared for further reprocessing. Washer Decontaminator Washer Disinfector - Complete Removal of Pathogens The Washington University School of Medicine at Washington University Medical Center examined the performance of a properly designed Washer Decontaminator Washer Disinfector (CESCO washer Decontaminator Model 520) and found that it removed all organisms from the surgical instruments tested. The Washer Decontaminator Washer Disinfector was tested for its ability to complete remove pathological organism from surgical instruments. Pure cultures of the following organisms were grown on appropriate agar plates:
1. Staphylococcus aureus;
2. Pseudomonas aerations;
3. Escherichia coli;
4. Bacillus species
Kelly clamps, tweezers and scissors wee placed on these plates of organism, taking care to ensure that all serrated edges were packed with all the organisms. Each contaminated instrument was then dipped into the tube of Thiogycolate medium before being placed in all the washer baskets. The instruments were then processed through the complete Washer Decontaminator Washer Disinfector cycle. At the end of the drying cycle, the instruments were allowed to cool and then dipped into another tube of Thioglycolate medium. The research was initiated to deactivate prions deactivating prions within the objective to prevent CJD (Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease). Surgical Instrument Washer with the automated Ultrasonic surgical instrument Cleaner Solution integrated into a Decontamination Work Sink using enzymatic enzyme detergent cleaners: All instruments and utensils tested were sterile at the completion of the process. Because of the limited scientific documentation of this new technology, a study was undertaken to establish the microbial safety of finished products and to identify any feature or function failure which could adversely affect outcome. The sequential functions of the Washer Decontaminator Washer Disinfector progress from flush/rinse, sonic bath, wash, rinse, lubricant/deionized water (DI) sprays to drying at 240° F. for 4 minutes. The Washer Decontaminator Washer Disinfector was challenged with selected instruments and utensils that are considered to be very difficult to clean. Included were 30 each of stainless steel non-perforating towel clips and stainless steel and glass medicine cups. Each item was rinsed with a 10 5ml suspension of Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonsaeruginosa, Enterococcus fecalis and Candida albicans in nutrient media and then dried. The instruments wee processed in the Washer Decontaminator Washer Disinfector 3 separate loads during times of high volume operation. All products were tested for sterility. Ten separate cultures were taken of the final rinse solution of instrument lubricant and de-ionized water prior to the drying cycle. A separate culture was taken of the instrument lubricant fluid. All instruments and utensils tested were sterile at the completion of the process. The final rinse, however, was heavily contaminated with the saprophytic bacteria Flavobacterium sp., Pseudomonas (P.) picketti and P. rubrisubalbicans. The source of the contamination was determined to be resin gel in the DI tank and not the instrument lubricant. The contamination can be eliminated by the addition of a 0.22 u filter to the DI line. Our findings support the practice of validating all features of new technologies that may compromise the expected final outcome. The Washer Decontaminator Washer Disinfector is a valid replacement for the conventional washer-sterilizer.