Reprocessing Surgical Instruments
Vice President of Marketing and Product Development
It is a recognized risk of exposure to unidentified microorganisms that reprocessing personal endure during the decontamination, cleaning, and the reprocessing surgical instruments.
Our goal is to minimize the amount and degree of reprocessing personal exposure to this risk and provide surgical instruments that are clean: safe to handle, safe for patient care, and reprocessed at the lowest cost.
Optimal reprocessing of surgical instruments will secure the prerequisite for sterilizing surgical instruments. Healthcare Facilities manually clean surgical instruments with dried on or excessive debris. Healthcare Facilities also manually clean surgical instruments, when a surgical instrument washer is not available.
Hand washing surgical instruments places the reprocessing personnel at risk. In the decontamination area, surgical instruments are received that are contaminated with variable amounts of debris and unidentified microorganisms. In the Clean Side of the reprocessing area, surgical instruments requiring further reprocessing are handled by reprocessing personnel.
Reprocessing workers at risk during the of cleaning surgical instruments is inherent in the manual cleaning and the reprocessing of surgical instruments. A high risk during reprocessing is perimount during the power spraying, splashing, and the creation of contaminated aerosols. The manual cleaning and reprocessing of surgical instruments presents the risk of infectious puncture wounds. The handling of each individual surgical instrument device during reprocessing is time consuming, labor intensive, renders high overhead costs.
In the United States manufacturers of Surgical Instrument Washers are not approved by the FDA to market their products as Washer Disinfectors. However, many of the Surgical Instrument Washers are manufactured to produce the times and temperatures that can effectively deliver disinfected surgical instruments. Reprocessing Surgical Instrument Washers can safely contain within their chambers the cleaning, decontamination, and reprocessing functions of the removal of debris, and contaminated aerosols. The batch treatment of reprocessing surgical instruments using automated Surgical Instrument Washer saves time, increases material through-put, improves surgical instrument turnaround times, provides for FTE reduction, and lowers cost for surgical instrument reprocessing.
It has been demonstrated that a properly designed Surgical Instrument Washer, that is used for reprocessing surgical instruments, will consistently and repeatedly remove all microorganisms from surgical instruments.
It has been proven that a surgical instrument washer used for reprocessing surgical instruments, using the correct times and temperatures, as well as using an enzyme surgical instrument cleaning detergent, for cleaning surgical instruments prior to sterilization, can repeatedly render sterile surgical instruments.