Cleaning of Your Surgical Instruments Properly

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It is very important to clean the surgical instruments as soon as you can after they have been used. You must not allow debris and blood to dry on any surgical instrument as it will make it tougher for you to clean and that will promote corrosion. 

It is also important to clean all the surgical instruments which were involved in the surgery even if they were not actually used. Straight away after piercing or the procedure, make sure that the surgical instruments are washed in dematerialized, distilled water to get rid of dirt and blood. 

Abrasive cleaning pads should never be used on any surgical instruments as that will blemish the surgical instruments and leave marks or grooves for the dirt and water deposits to collect which can result in pitting and corrosion. That can also eliminate the thin film or passivisation layer, which covers the surgical instrument and safeguard its finish. 

When cleaning your surgical instruments, you must use a detergent with a neutral pH. It is good to have a pH of 7.0 to 8.5 will not have a very adverse consequence on the surgical instrument.  Use a detergent which has low-sudsing and free-rinsing ability as well is a good wetting agent.    

In fact it is possible to have spotting problem with your surgical instruments if anyone ends up scrubbing them instrument to shine them. This will lead to rubbing off the passivisation film and it also scratches the instruments.

One of the best ways to clean and sterilize your surgical instruments is by using washer sterilizers. There are a number of small clinics which have space as well as the facilities to be able to use these. You can also clean your surgical instruments an ultrasonic cleaner which is a systematic and fast method of cleaning them. In this process surgical instruments are cleaned and are ready or sterilized in just a few minutes. Obviously ultrasonic cleaning is more effective and better as compared to hand cleaning, as water is flushed with a higher frequency in all curves of the surgical instruments. 

Once the instruments have been cleaned they should be lubricated with the right surgical lubricant. This will further safeguard them during sterilization as well as storage. Make sure that the lubricant is anti-microbial and water soluble. They must be used after every time they are cleaned. 


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