Proper surgical instrument cleaning using the
strengthen the protective passive layer of the surgical instrument stainless steel against corrosion, pitting, and staining.
Surgical instrument cleaners should maintain and improve the passive Layer of the surgical instrument stainless steel. The passive layer of surgical instruments is provided by the manufacturer of the surgical instruments within the surface of the surgical stainless steel, to prevent surgical instrument corrosion and prevent surgical instrument pitting.
The cleaning stainless steel surgical instruments with the ONEcleaners and proper methods used for sterilizing surgical instruments will maintain and strengthen the surgical instrument passive layer of protection against corrosion, pitting, and staining.
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Surgical instrument cleaning enzymes are proteins and act as catalysts, to speed up the cleaning process. The enzyme cleaners are not used up in the cleaning process so they are available to help multiple cleaning treatments.
Enzyme cleaners (protease, lipase, amylase, and carbohydrase) clean specific types of soil, like a lock fits a key. The enzyme cleaner, will only be active for cleaning specific target substances, with a matching chemical. If the type of enzyme cleaners does not match the type of soil substrate, no cleaning occurs. This makes the action of surgical instrument cleaning enzymes highly specific to the types of soil that are able to clean. An enzyme can complete its cleaning process without being used up or destroyed, leaving the enzyme protein cleaner available for other cleaning actions. This means that one enzyme cleaner protein molecule can act on many substrate soil molecules. Protease enzymes break down protein (blood) based stains, lipase enzymes break down lipids (fats), and amylase enzymes break down starches and other carbohydrates. Surgical instrument cleaning enzymes should only be used in a liquid or foam state, to avoid creating aerosols.
The optimal cleaning performance range for medical enzymes begins as > 22 C, 72 F with cleaning performance reaching it's peak at 58.3 C, 137 F. This is referred to as the optimal temperature for cleaning performance, or cleaning activity, or enzymatic cleaning action. The cleaning activity of enzymes does not stop breaking down heir targeted forms of bioburden at higher temperatures, but the level of performance does begin to decrease.