Proper cleaning is the prerequisite for
Study presented at APIC demonstrated that a properly designed surgical instrument washer disinfector, used for cleaning surgical instruments, can sterilize surgical instruments.
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The surgical instrument washer disinfectors cleaning surgical instruments prior to sterilization used the cycle treatments: pre-wash flushing of gross debris, ultrasonic cleaning, detergent washing, purified water elevated temperature rinses, lubrication, and high temperature air drying. The Washington University School of Medicine examined the performance of a surgical instrument washer, for cleaning surgical instruments prior to sterilization, and found that it removed all organisms from the surgical instruments. The surgical instrument washer decontaminator was tested for its ability to completely remove pathological organisms from surgical instruments. The surgical instrument washer removed 100% of all pathogens.
Surgical Instrument Washer Delivers sterile Surgical Instruments
APIC Clinical Research Study
A. Drake, RN and L. Ayers, MD.,
Ohio State University Hospitals, Columbus, Ohio,
The technology of a thermal washer decontaminator disinfector offered increased protection to our reprocessing staff due to decreased handling. The washing cycles of the surgical instrument washer decontaminator, using an enzyme detergent lubricating cleaner were; old water flush rinse, ultrasonic bath, elevated temperature washing, elevated temperature rinses, and hot air drying at 240 F. for 4 minutes. The surgical instrument washer disinfector was challenged with selected instruments and utensils that are considered to be very difficult to clean. The instruments were processed in the surgical instrument washer decontaminator in 3 separate loads during times of high volume operation.
All products were tested for sterility. All surgical instruments and utensils tested were sterile at the completion of the process.
Ann Drake, RN, Dir, SPD, Ohio State,
The instruments were processed in the surgical instrument washer disinfector in 3 separate loads. All products were tested for sterility.
All instruments and utensils being cleaned were sterile at the completion of the washing process.