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Surgical Instrument Cleaning and Reprocessing
UPS-1 ergo-Logistics Surgical Instrument Enzyme Cleaners
The all-in-ONE four Enzyme Detergent delivers Protease, Amylase, Lipase, and Carbohydrase surgical instrument cleaning enzymes. The Four enzymes needed for high performance surgical instrument cleaners are listed below with the specific surgical instrument cleaning functions they perform. Lipase Surgical Instrument Cleaner Enzymes: (to breakdown fat) to cleave fatty acid residue from the glycerol residue in a neutral fat or a phospholipid. Amylase Surgical Instrument Cleaner Enzymes: (to breakdown starch) to catalyze the hydrolysis of starch to sugar to produce carbohydrate derivatives. Carbohydrase Surgical Instrument Cleaner Enzymes: (to breakdown high level starches to a lower level) to catalyze the hydrolysis of high carbohydrates to lower forms. Protease Surgical Instrument Cleaner Enzymes: (breakdown blood) including the proteinases and peptidases, to catalyze the hydrolytic breakdown of proteins. Summary: It is a recognized risk of exposure to unidentified microorganisms that reprocessing personal endure during the decontamination, reprocessing, and cleaning of surgical instruments. Our goal is to minimize the amount and degree of reprocessing personal exposure to this risk and provide reprocessed surgical instruments that are clean: safe to handle, safe for patient care, are cleaned, decontaminated reprocessed at the lowest cost. Optimal decontamination cleaning-reprocessing of surgical instruments will secure the prerequisite for disinfecting surgical instruments and/or sterilizing surgical instruments. Typically, Healthcare Facilities manually clean [hand-wash] surgical instruments: with dried on or excessive debris, surgical instruments that are cannulated, surgical instruments with working channels and/or surgical instruments with lumens. Healthcare Facilities also manually clean [hand-wash] surgical instruments, when a surgical instrument washer decontaminators or washer disinfectors 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 reprocessing area, surgical instruments requiring further reprocessing are handled by unprotected reprocessing personnel. Workers are at Risk Reprocessing Surgical Instruments. Inherent in the manual cleaning-decontamination-reprocessing of surgical instruments is power spraying, splashing, and the creation of contaminated aerosols. The manual cleaning decontamination reprocessing of surgical instruments presents the risk of infectious puncture wounds. The handling of each individual surgical instrument device is time consuming, labor intensive, renders limited through-put and has high overhead costs. Exposure Contained by Automated Surgical Instrument Washers, Decontaminators Disinfectors Surgical Instrument Washer Disinfectors 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. If it is your preference to have cleaning reprocessing results of a washer disinfector, refer to the Surgical Instrument Washer Specifications for assurance that the times and temperatures available are those you consider to be appropriate for disinfecting surgical instruments. Automated Surgical Instrument Washers can safely contain within their chambers the cleaning-decontamination-reprocessing functions, removal of debris, and contaminated aerosols. The batch treatment of reprocessing surgical instruments using automated Surgical Instrument Washer Decontaminators Disinfectors saves time, increases material through-put, improves surgical instrument turnaround times, provides for FTE reduction, and lowers cost for surgical instrument cleaners. 7 8 It has been demonstrated that a properly designed Surgical Instrument Washer Decontaminator Disinfector, that is used to manufacturer’s specifications, will consistently and repeatedly remove all microorganisms from surgical instruments. Surgical Instrument Washer Decontaminators Washer Disinfectors should be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s direction for use, to secure the most consistent and efficacious results. Worker safety and reprocessing efficacy can be compromised by violating the manufacturer’s recommendations. Examples of such recommendations are: Keeping the cannulated surgical instrument working chambers and lumens exposed during cleaning-reprocessing and the use of purified water final rinses. A Clean Surgical Instrument Device is Safe to Handle. It is critical that devices are cleaned properly to secure the safety of reprocessing workers in the Clean Area. During the steps of inspection, sorting and packaging of devices, the unprotected reprocessing personnel are repeatedly at risk from a surgical instrument that has remained contaminated with microorganisms. Within the implementation of the Universal Surgical Instrument Reprocessing Decontamination Precautions, it is our goal to eliminate exposure and reduce the risk to Reprocessing personnel whenever possible.
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