Proper cleaning of surgical instruments will render a longer usable life.

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It is imperative that you maintain the passive oxide layer to prevent corrosion and maintain your surgery instruments in optimal condition. If this is not done the stainless steel will be more susceptible to corrosion, pitting and stains.This will reduce the life of the surgery instruments and render it useless. Initially, all stainless steel surgical instruments have the same corrosion resistance. Manufacturers of surgery instruments and surgical instrument containers recommend the use of neutral pH cleaning concentrates. This will provide a longer life for stainless steel surgery instruments.

Cleaning concentrates with a high or low pH have been shown to erode the passive layer. The most common of these cleaning concentrates utilize an alkaline detergent with an acid neutralizer. Virtually all manufacturers of surgical instruments recommend using neutral pH cleaning concentrates.

The all-in-one can be effective in treating unacceptably hard source water, removing hard water encrustation from surgical instruments and equipment. If untreated tap water is used for final rinsing, instruments must be dried immediately to avoid staining.instruments, or apply treatment to prevent the drying and encrustation of debris, as quickly as possible after use. Do not allow blood and debris to dry on the instruments. If cleaning must be delayed, place groups of instruments in a covered container with appropriate enzyme-detergent or apply an enzyme-detergent foam spray to delay drying. To maintain moving parts and protect instruments from staining and rusting during sterilization and storage, they should be lubricated with a water-soluble, preserved  lubricant after each cleaning. Most automated washer decontaminators provide the option for lubrication at the end of the final rinse treatment. The lubricant should contain a chemical preservative to prevent bacterial growth in the lubricant bath. The bath solution should be made with de-mineralized water. A lubricant containing a rust inhibitor helps prevent electrolytic corrosion of points and edges. A lubricant film  will remain through the sterilization to protect surgery instruments during storage. Prevent Staining and Spotting when using surgical instrument cleanersThe passive layer of stainless steel is intended to prevent or resist corrosion. The process is called passivation. Passivation and polishing eliminate the carbon molecules form the instrument surface. What is a stainless steel surgical instrument cleanerPassivation is a chemical process that removes carbon molecules from the surface of the instrument. This chemical process can also occur through repeated exposure to oxidizing agents. Polishing, by the manufacturer, is a process used to achieve a smooth surface on the instrument. Proper cleaning, handling, and sterilization will build up the layer of  chromium oxide and protect the Surgical Instrument from corrosion and pitting. In some circumstances older instruments have higher resistance to corrosion than new ones. The newer instruments have not had the time to build up the chromium oxide layer. Improper cleaning and sterilization can cause the layer of chromium oxide to disappear or become damaged thus increasing the possibility of corrosion and/or pitting. Proper cleaning and sterilization can cause the layer of chromium oxide to improve over time thus decreasing the possibility of corrosion and/or pitting.

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