Manual washing prior to mechanical washing should be kept to a minimum. The most important factor is soap selection, which should be of neutral pH. Never use a soap that is not exclusively designed to be used on surgical instruments. The manual washing step is where brushing occurs to clean box locks, serrations and lumens.
Don’t Use These Soaps on your Surgical Instruments: cannula manufacturer
– Housekeeping soaps
– Laundry soaps
– Surgeon’s hand scrub
– Iodine based soaps
Ultrasonic Surgical Instrument Cleaning:
The cleaning of medical instruments with ultrasonic energy is the single best practice you can do. This technology removes bioburden very efficiently and is very safe for instruments. The longer the instruments are in the ultrasonic cleaner, the cleaner the instruments will be. Only use a neutral PH ultrasonic solution and never put manual instrument soap in the ultrasonic cleaner.
Rinsing of Surgical Instruments:
After manual washing or ultrasonic cleaning, rinse the surgical instruments with water, preferably with distilled water. Remove residue left on from detergents, both from ultrasonic and machine washing.
Drying of Surgical Instruments:
Never allow water to dry onto surgical instruments as this will result in water spots, which will turn into stains.
Lubrication of Surgical Instruments:
All hinged medical instruments need lubrication after each use. A spray-on lubricant or machine applied lubrication works best. Neutral PH lubricants are recommended. Mineral based lubricants should never be used as steam cannot penetrate mineral oils and instruments will not achieve sterility.