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ONE cleaners lubricate surgical instruments during every cleaning treatment. The lubricant is water soluble, neutral pH, phosphate free, and biodegradable.
AORN Recommendations for lubricating surgical instruments state that professionals responsible for the care and maintenance of surgical instruments often overlook the significance of selecting the appropriate lubricant for processing hand-held, non-powered surgical instruments. A surgical instrument lubricant is a valuable tool and an important variable in the instrument care process.
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When carefully selected, lubricants can do much more than reduce friction and wear; they can lengthen the useful life of an instrument. Lubricants for medical equipment and invasive surgeries have obvious health and safety requirements. For example, hygiene and environmental regulations require lubricants to be discreet, non-toxic and effective. However, there are other factors affecting lubricant selection that hospitals and medical professionals need to be concerned with. The use of an inappropriate lubricant can lead to inadequate sterilization of surgical instruments and can ultimately affect surgical outcomes.
When reprocessing instruments and preparing them for sterilization, it is critical to use lubricants specifically formulated and labeled for surgical instruments. This can help assure that the lubricants are formulated to allow sterilant to contact instrument surfaces, and will give confidence that they are compatible with the method of sterilization being used. Synthetic lubricants offer a number of advantages over oil-based lubricants and may prove to be a superior and more effective product for the sterile processing department. It is also critical to thoroughly clean each device to remove any soils, biofilm, vegetative and spore forms of organisms, oils, and any other residues that can impair sterilization. Applying heat to these residues can affix them more tightly to the surfaces and make the instruments even harder to sterilize. This leaves the potential for critical instrumentation to remain contaminated and ultimately to cause infection. Preserving surgical instrumentation has a significant benefit, since replacing worn and damaged instruments can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars per month. Poorly maintained equipment also jeopardizes surgeon satisfaction. When all the risk factors are considered, lubricants are a very cost-effective way of maintaining and getting the best performance from life-saving instruments.
The value of surgical instrument lubrication: the Association of perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) recommends that all decontaminated equipment with moving parts be bathed in a preserved water-soluble lubricant after each mechanical processing, unless the manufacturer advises otherwise. AORN Recommended Practices state that: Surgical instruments should be checked for function after cleaning. Those with moving parts may require lubrication according to manufacturers' instructions. Water soluble lubricants should be applied to those instruments that require lubrication. Instruments should be cleaned before the lubricant is applied. Cleaning, particularly ultrasonic cleaning, removes lubricants from instruments. Lubricants decrease friction between working surfaces. Unless otherwise specified, lubricants should be water soluble to allow steam penetration during sterilization; oil-based products cannot be penetrated.
ONE cleaner surgical instrument lubricants are neutral pH, water soluble, and lubricate surgical instruments during every medical instrument cleaning treatment.