Surgical Instrument Washer using an Enzyme Surgical Instrument Washer Detergent
Cleaning Surgical Instruments Prior to Sterilization
Cleaning Surgical Instruments Prior to Sterilization and Surgical Instrument Washers. Cleaning Surgical Instruments Prior to Sterilization the Removal of Pathogens.
Properly designed surgical instrument washers (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. The optional ultrasonic process loosens and frees debris from lock boxes, hinge pins, serrations and other difficult-to-access surface areas. The surgical instrument washer (washer decontaminator, washer disinfector) then applies high flow low pressure water with a medical enzyme detergent 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 the medical devices.  The cleaned medical devices are now clean, safe to handle, have the prerequisite for sterilization, and are properly prepared for further reprocessing. Properly designed surgical instrument washers (washer decontaminators, washer disinfectors) are a valid replacement for the conventional washer-sterilizer. The proper sequence of surgical instrument cleaning treatments rendered sterile surgical instruments. The protocols for cleaning surgical instruments and the complete removal of pathogens include, Universal Precautions, Body Substance Isolation, and Standard Precautions.

Cleaning Surgical Instruments Prior to Sterilization

The goal of cleaning surgical instruments prior to sterilization is to render surgical instrument, utensils, and scopes that are clean and safe to handle for reprocessing prior to disinfection or terminal sterilization.

Studies have shown that, when cleaning surgical instruments prior to sterilization, the use of the proper sequence of surgical instrument cleaning treatments has resulted in the efficacy of disinfection being 100%, and all that all surgical instruments and utensils tested were sterile at the completion of the cleaning process.

The protocols for cleaning surgical instruments prior to sterilization include: Universal Precautions, Body Substance Isolation, and Standard Precautions.
John Temple, Product Development
The optimal protocol for manually cleaning surgical instruments and properly designed surgical instrument washer disinfectors clean all surfaces thoroughly, thereby providing the prerequisite for :safe handling, disinfection, and sterilization. Properly designed surgical instrument washer disinfectors perform a cold waster pre-wash, optional ultrasonic cleaning, elevated temperature detergent washing, purified water rinsed heated up to the boiling point, lubrication, and high temperature drying above the boiling point. This will render clean medical devices. Surgical Instruments cannot be sterilized unless all surfaces are properly cleaned, prior to sterilization. Combination medical enzyme detergent cleaners, or all-in-one medical enzyme detergent cleaners that lubricate, have been shown to be the most effective when cleaning surgical instruments prior to sterilization.

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