Medical Ultrasonic Cleaner Solutions and Ultrasonic Surgical Instrument Cleaners: Ultrasonic cleaning involves the use of high-frequency sound waves above the upper range of human hearing, about 18 kHz to 40 kHz to breakdown and fragment soil on the surfaces of reusable medical devices. Ultrasonic Cleaners are most commonly used by healthcare facilities when the decontamination work area does not provide adequate space for an automated surgical instrument washer or when capital funds are limited. Also Ultrasonic Cleaners have been designed specifically for cleaning temperature sensitive flexible scopes and provide a range of preprogrammed times and temperatures that are not available conventional ultrasonic cleaners. There is a significant difference between the ultrasonic cleaners used for cleaning jewelry and those ultrasonic cleaners designed for cleaning medical devices. Topics detailed within this website include: surgical instrument cleaning protocols, cleaning surgical instruments prior to sterilization, cleaning surgical instrument process, cleaning and disinfecting surgical instruments, disinfecting surgical instruments, cleaning surgical instruments prior to disinfecting, cleaning surgical instruments prior to sterilizing, sterilizing surgical instruments, and surgical instrument detergent lubricating cleaners. Buy surgical instrument detergents that cut costs. The ergo-Logistics surgical instrument cleaning detergents clean faster. Enzyme surgical instrument cleaners that lubricate while they clean boost cleaning power. surgical instrument detergent enzyme lubricant cleaners cut costs. surgical instrument detergent four enzyme lubricant cleaners clean more effectively.
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The Ultrasonic cleaners designed for cleaning surgical instruments use ~ 8 to 12 transducers per tank and with total ultrasonic power rated at ~ 1,000 watts average output and 2,000 watts peak power per tank. The Performance Test for an ultrasonic cleaner simply involves suspending a piece of metallic (usually aluminum) foil in the tanks being compared and inspecting them for holes (more holes = more effective) following a time (usually 20 minutes) of ultrasonic cleaning. Gradually elevated temperatures, redundant purified water rinses, and hot air drying at temperatures above boiling point are options that are not typically available from an ultrasonic cleaner. The need for using an Ultrasonic Cleaner can be important when the surgical instruments been subjected to repetitive cleaning that has been inadequate to maintain a truly clean surface. When surgical instruments are not properly cleaned they become gray in color and loose their 'new looking' shiny surface. When the 'passive layer' of surgical instruments is not enhanced and maintained properly, via the process of redundant proper cleaning, the instruments appear gray and are more vulnerable to pitting and corrosion. It is important to note that Ultrasonic cleaners are not fully effective unless they are  used with hot water temperatures as recommended by the medical device manufacturer and the temperatures recommended by the manufacturer(s) of the enzyme and detergent cleaning concentrates being used. Topic presented within this website include: Ultrasonic Surgical Instrument Cleaners, Surgical Instrument Detergent Enzyme Lubricant Cleaners cut costs, Surgical Instrument Detergent Enzyme Lubricant Cleaners clean fast, Ultrasonic Surgical Instrument Cleaner Treatments, Temperatures for Ultrasonic Surgical Instrument Cleaners, Cleaning Times for Ultrasonic Surgical Instrument Cleaners, Enzyme Detergent Ultrasonic Cleaners, Ultrasonic Surgical Instrument Detergent, Surgical Instrument Detergent, Surgical Instrument Lubricant Cleaners, and Surgical Instrument Cleaners. Enzyme cleaning concentrates function more effectively at temperatures above room temperature. The optimal range begins as > 22C - 72°F with performance reaching it's peak at 58.3C - 137F. This is often referred to as the optimal temperature for the performance or activity of enzymatic action. The activity of enzymes does not stop at higher temperatures but the level of performance does begin to decrease. Enzyme cleaning concentrates enzyme-detergents and all-in-one cleaning concentrates, which include enzymes, should be used in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations and the recommendations of the medical devices being cleaned. It is recommended that all visible debris and blood be removed from the instrument prior to ultrasonic cleaning. Sort instruments by similar metals to prevent corrosion due to the contact of dissimilar metals. (electrolytic deposition - galvanic corrosion) It is not recommended to clean plated instruments in an ultrasonic cleaner since the ultrasonic vibration and the presence of other sharp instruments may crack or rupture the plating. Because Ultrasonic Cleaners do not provide the complete "proper sequence of treatments" i.e. final rinse(s) that are purified, purged between treatments, and/or have temperatures elevated to disinfection levels, they are not considered to be as clinically effective as automated washer-decontaminators- disinfectors. Ultrasonic Cleaning can effectively remove: long term encrustation and surgical cements or glues that have dried onto instrumentation. Always refer to the printed manufacturer recommendations when using Ultrasonic Cleaning.