It is commonly stated that enzymes clean. Enzymes alone do not clean. The primary function of enzymes is to break down soil, usually surgical bioburden. For a cleaning product to clean the surface, surface cleaning detergents are necessary, that will remove the soil from the surface.
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Enzymes fit their target type of bioburden like a lock fits a key.The active site of the enzyme is open only to specific target types of surgical bioburden with a matching chemical shape. If the substrate doesn't match, it can't enter and no break down of bioburden occurs. This makes the action of surgical instrument cleaning enzymes highly specific for their targeted types of bioburden. Surgical instrument enzyme cleaners can be reused. An enzyme can complete its chemical reaction without being used up or destroyed, leaving the enzyme protein available for another cleaning treatment. Surgical instrument cleaning detergent enzymes will eventually break down on their own. Enzymes are used in surgical instrument cleaning detergents to break down bioburden so that the debris can be washed away more effectively. Enzyme cleaners are named after the materials they can act upon, for example, protease break down protein based stains, lipolase break down lipids (fats) based stains and amylase break down starches and other carbohydrate based stains. Are surgical instrument enzyme cleaners safe? Enzymes digest proteins, such as lung tissues. They are non-toxic to plants and animals in the environment. They are harmless if accidentally ingested. However enzymes can cause respiratory irritations if they are breathed in. This can present a health risk issue for people that work with enzymes if the enzymes are sprayed, creating aerosols. Enzyme sprays (aerosols) have been associated with respiratory irritations of healthcare workers that are reprocessing medical devices. Enzyme surgical instrument detergents such as the easy FOAM-it enzymatic soaking cleaner are safe if they are used in a FOAM and are not sprayed.
What causes an enzyme cleaner respiratory irritation?
Frequent inhalation of the spray aerosols from surgical instrument cleaning enzymes at high concentrations can lead to respiratory allergy among some people. This can occur among people that work with surgical instrument cleaning enzymes, when the enzymes are sprayed and not handled properly.
Some surgical instrument cleaning detergents with enzyme cleaners spray enzymes while other deliver the enzymes in a foam. Steps should be taken to avoid the health risk to employees by reducing the amount of airborne enzyme cleaners. Minimize creating enzyme cleaner aerosols. Use enzyme cleaners in a liquid or foam state to avoid creating aerosols. When enzymes are used with ultrasonic cleaning always keep the tank lid closed. Enzyme cleaners should not be sprayed. Aerosols of enzyme cleaners should be avoided.
ONEcleaner enzyme soaking
safely FOAMS the application of enzyme cleaners.
The easy FOAM-it avoids creating aerosols and the risk of respiratory irritations for healthcare workers.