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Cleaning Cannulated Surgical Instruments

Clean Surgical Instruments are safe for the reprocessing staff. Cleaning, decontaminating, and reprocessing cannulated surgical instruments presents a risk to the Reprocessing Staff.
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 will secure the prerequisite for disinfecting surgical instruments and/or sterilizing surgical instruments. The all-in-ONE surgical instrument cleaning detergents and pre wash soaking enzymatic surgical instrument cleaning detergent will lower surgical instrument cleaning costs. The easy FOAM-it pre wash soaking surgical instrument cleaner will clean surgical instruments faster. Typically, Healthcare Facilities manually clean surgical instruments with dried on or excessive debris, surgical instruments that are cannulated, surgical instruments with working channels and surgical instruments  with lumens. Healthcare Facilities also manually clean 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.  
Cleaning Surgical Instruments

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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.
Surgical Instrument Washer Surgical Instrument 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 and surgical instrument cleaner specifications for assurance that the times and temperatures available are those you consider to be appropriate for disinfecting surgical instruments.
Cleaning Surgical Instruments    
Automated Surgical Instrument Washer Decontaminator Washers Disinfectors can safely contain within their chambers the cleaning or surgical instruments utensils, and scopes, and safely contain the 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.  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 Surgical Instrument 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.
Cleaning Surgical Instruments   
Once a surgical instrument is clean, it is then safe for further reprocessing and handling. Proper cleaning is the prerequisite for disinfecting and/or sterilizing surgical instruments. Optimal cleaning can render surgical instruments that, at the end of decontamination, cleaning, and reprocessing, are sterile.
John Prohonic, John Temple Product Development

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