Automated cleaning (or mechanical cleaning) is the preferred method
to cleaning instruments or devices – known to be 16 times more
effective then manual cleaning. Because instruments cleaned with
automated cleaning equipment do not need to be presoaked or
scrubbed, the use of automated equipment can increase productivity,
improve cleaning effectiveness, and decrease worker exposure to
blood and body fluids. Thus, using automated equipment can be more
efficient and safer than manually cleaning
Automated cleaning and rinsing process utilize equipment such as:
Utensil or cart washers, washer-sterilizer, pasteurization
equipment, washer-disinfectors, or washer-sanitizers.
Considerations in selecting cleaning methods and equipment include
their effectiveness, their compatibility with the items to be
cleaned, and the occupational health and exposure risks they pose.
Some are made to clean specific devices, such as endoscopes. It is
recommended that the manufacturer’s instruction manual of the
cleaning equipment be followed for maximum effectiveness and to
avoid unnecessary damage to the devices being cleaned.
are used to do fine-cleaning of complex instruments, removing soil
from joints, crevices, lumens and other difficult to clean areas.
This process is done only after removal of heavy soil using
equipment mentioned above, or by manual cleaning. Ultrasonic
cleaning does not disinfect or sterilize. The cleaning solution for
ultrasonic cleaners should be changed before it becomes heavily
soiled, minimizing the risk of cross-contamination. Not all devices
can be intermixed in the ultrasonic cleaning process. The
manufacturer of the device should specify any restrictions.
complete recommendations on cleaning, disinfection and sterilization
“Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare
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Internal CI’s should be used within
each pouch or package, tray, or container. Class 5
Integrators should be used in conjunction with
physical monitoring and biological indicator
testing for verifying the efficacy of a
sterilization system. (See AAMI ST79:2006)
Recordkeeping is a must for all
sterile processing departments. This ensures
accountability and allows operators to trace
errors to their source. Tips on sterilizer
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