June 19, 2015
The proper care and handling of your valuable surgical instruments will improve their longevity and function. Choose a protocol appropriate for your environment from the cleaning techniques below. See the videos here.
Immediately after use, rinse instruments under warm or cool running water to remove all blood, body fluids and tissue. Dried soils may damage the instrument surface and make cleaning very difficult. Do not use hot water as this will coagulate proteinous substances.
Time, temperature, and agitation play important roles in the cleaning process.
Time — the efficiency of cleaning chemicals is often time dependant
Temperature — higher temperature cleaning solutions result in better cleaning
Agitation — whether manual or ultrasonic, it is helpful in loo