Surgical Instrument Detergent Lubricant Cleaners
Importance of Cleaning Surgical Instruments
If the manual cleaning, brushing and rinsing steps are not properly carried out, protein debris can harden and lead to formation of biofilm on the surgical instrument. The optimal surgical instrument cleaning protocol will break down proteinaceous bioburden and clean the surface. Inadequate cleaning can result in material remaining on the surgical instrument which will prevent disinfection and sterilization fluids or gases reaching all parts of the potentially contaminated device. Inadequate sterilization or disinfection may result in the transmission of infectious organisms when the device is reused. An improperly cleaned device also presents a risk to the healthcare workers handling the device. The intricate design and delicate materials of flexible scopes complicate the cleaning process. This requires repetitive and consistent oversight. The ONEcleaner enzyme surgical instrument cleaners are the most effective enzyme detergent cleaners available. The ONEcleaner enzymatic surgical instrument cleaners clean faster and lower cleaning costs. Buy enzymatic surgical instrument detergents that clean more effectively and lubricate while they clean.
Cleaning Surgical Instruments is The Prerequisite for Sterilization
The reprocessing decontamination Cleaning of Surgical Instruments, whether done manually or automatically in a surgical instrument washer decontaminator disinfector, can only be effective if "cleaning" is adequate. Effectively sterilizing surgical instruments (Generic Sterilization with a Pre-Vacuum Sterilizer (HI-VAC): 270-272° F (132-134° C), 16-minute exposure time, with 4 pulses and a 30-minute dry time. Generic Sterilization with a Gravity Displacement Sterilizer: 270-272° F (132-134° C), 30-minute exposure time, with a 30-minute dry time.) is not possible if "cleaning", the "prerequisite for sterilizing surgical instruments", is not adequate.
Surgical Instrument Cleaner and Conditioners
All disinfection processes, whether done manually or done automatically in a surgical instrument washer decontaminator disinfector, can only be effective if prior cleaning is adequate. Effective disinfection or sterilization of an inadequately cleaned surgical instrument or scope is not possible. Endoscopes should be cleaned with an enzymatic enzyme detergent compatible with the endoscope immediately after use and before manual or automated disinfection. Cleaning involves the entire endoscope, including valves, working channels, connectors and all detachable parts. High level enzymatic enzyme detergent formulations ("Enzymatic" Surgical Instrument Cleaners), in combination with a high level surfactant chemical complex, have been shown to be effective in removing stains, hard water deposits, and encrusted bioburden, while being safe to use for rigid or flexible scopes.
Enzymes: Enzymes are costly, clinically and financially effective.
Manufacturers of surgical instrument usually recommend that Enzyme Cleaning concentrates should be discarded after each use as these products are not microbicidal and will not retard microbial growth. Some manufactures of "combination" or all-in-one surgical instrument cleaning concentrates include a bacteriostatic agent which will prevent the growth of microorganisms. Some detergent complexes contain antimicrobial-microbicidal substances. Although these agents do not replace disinfection they are designed to reduce the risk of infection to reprocessing personnel by rendering instruments that are clean and safe to handle. The cleaning function efficacy of enzyme cleaning concentrates is determined by the ratio of enzymes to bioburden. The higher the proportion of enzymes the higher the efficacy. As a result, if the cleaning solution becomes laden with bioburden from previous cleaning, the efficacy of the enzyme cleaning concentrates is lower. When a cleaning concentrate states that is it "multi-tiered", the inference is that is contains: protease (enzyme) which break protein debris into smaller, more soluble subunits, amylase (enzyme) which catalyses the breakdown of starch, and lipase (enzyme) which breaks up fat-containing debris and carbohydrates. When a detergent cleaning concentrate states that is it "high-level", the inference is that is contains a high concentration of enzymes. When a cleaning concentrate states that is provides "enzyme activity" the inference is that is contains enzymes but this is usually is a misrepresentation of ingredients for a detergent cleaning concentrate that does not contain enzymes. Enzymes are effective and they are costly for manufacturers to include in the formulation. As is true for all detergent cleaning concentrates, the most effective test is against your most difficult cleaning challenge. The two most common tests for cleaning concentration efficacy that are commercially available are the "TOSI Test" and the "film test". Be aware that some manufacturers use advertising wordage and product names that imply enzymes are an active ingredient but do not actually include enzymes in their product formulation. Refer to product labels and ingredients for disclosure.