How To Clean Surgical Instruments Manually And Using An Ultrasonic Machine

Ultrasonic cleaner showing the removable baske...
Ultrasonic cleaner showing the removable basket in place, and a closeup of the light and timer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To make sure that patients do not end up with any transmitted diseases or infections, it is imperative that doctors and hospital technicians adopt the proper procedures and rules for adequately sterilizing and cleaning all their surgical instruments. There are various different methods that technicians in hospitals can adopt to ensure that the surgical instruments are always well kept and impeccably clean. Out of all the methods available for cleaning surgery instruments, the method involving ultrasonic cleaning is the most preferable one because it is quite simple to follow and takes less effort and time. However, when it comes to cleaning very hinged and delicate instruments, hospital staff must take the time out to manually clean them. If you are interested in learning about ultrasonic cleaning of instruments, this article will teach you how to do it.

The first thing that you should keep in mind is that surgical instruments should be cleaned immediately after they have been used. If you let the debris and blood get dried on the instruments, it can cause oxidation which severely damages instruments and causes them to clamp and get rusty. Thus, as soon as the surgeon is done using an instrument you should immediately rinse it using warm water to make sure that all the tissue and debris is washed off. From there on then you should place the rinsed surgical instruments into a detergent, again prefer using a cleaning solution that is especially designed for instrument cleaning, and let your instruments remain dipped in this solution for around ten to twenty minutes.

Once you are done cleaning your instruments with a detergent you have to pat dry them with a clean towel and prep them for further cleaning in an ultrasonic cleaning machine. Fill up the machine with its ultrasonic cleaning solution and then using thongs pick up the dried up surgical instruments and submerge them into the ultrasonic cleaning solution in the machine. When submerging your instruments take extra care to ensure that one instruments sharp edges does not rub against another instrument. The thong that you used for submerging should also be left slightly dipped inside for awhile so as to clean the ends of the instruments that were touched by the thongs.

Now you can turn on your ultrasonic cleaning machine and let your instruments be cleaned for around five to ten minutes. Once the machine is turned off, use the same thongs to lift out the surgical instruments and allow them to dry up naturally in air by placing them on to a properly cleaned and sterilized tray.

For manual cleaning of instruments it is best that you use a good scrub brush that will help you reach into small edges and rounds that are hard to get into using your fingers. In this process too, you have to submerge the surgical instruments into a detergent for the time mentioned above. In manual cleaning you also have to submerge your own hands into the detergent and you should scrub well underneath your own finger nails for maximum cleaning. The rest of the procedure is the same. For more further visit Surgical Instruments.

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