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cleaning instruments - manual or automated?:

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 contaminated instruments.

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.

Ultrasonic cleaners 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. 

See the complete recommendations on cleaning, disinfection and sterilization at www.cdc.gov “Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities, 2008”.

DID YOU KNOW?

§       Autoclave Testing Service, Inc. is one of the first companies nationwide to offer a Mail-In sterilizer monitoring service using biological indicators.  Serving the healthcare industry throughout the United States and Canada since 1986, we have thousands of satisfied customers.

§       We have on-line test results allowing you to access your results at your convenience!  Your Sterilizer Test Report (STR) is posted on-line upon completion of culturing, offering minimum turn-around time.

§       We have 24-hour test results for Steam sterilizers!

§       We have a comprehensive Glossary of Terms related to the sterile processing area (scroll below to view the Glossary).  This is invaluable information, assisting you with this important area of your facility.

ATS, Inc. now stocks sterilization pouches, sterilizer cleaners, chemical indicator products, sterilizers (new and used), ultrasonic cleaners, water distillers, and more!  (see Supplies).

 
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Biological Indicators (Spore Testing)

 

In-Office and Mail-To-Lab Testing! Verify the sterilization process of all steam sterilizers which include Statim, Midmark, Tuttnauer, Lisa, Mocom and Pelton & Crane sterilizers.

Bowie-Dick Tests

 

Bowie-Dick Test Packs should be used daily to evaluate the performance of air-removal (vacuum) system of dynamic pre-vacuum type sterilizers.   Available as test cards or preassembled test packs.  

Chemical Indicators, Class 5 Integrators

 

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) 

Indicator Tape

 

Indicator tapes provide a seal for sterilization packs and an immediate identification of processed items.  Dispensers available for all sizes.

Recordkeeping

 

Recordkeeping is a must for all sterile processing departments.  This ensures accountability and allows operators to trace errors to their source. Tips on sterilizer maintenance and technical advice are included with each book.

Sterilization Crepe Paper

 

Teal green Crepe Paper is compatible with types of sterilization processes including Steam, EO Gas, and Gamma Radiation. Click here to see all sizes!

Sterilization Pouches/Bags

 

Our easy peel-and-seal pouches work with Steam, Chemical Vapor, and Ethylene Oxide Gas sterilization procedures. Choose from 13 different sizes!

Sterilization Tubing

 

Our high quality sterilizer tubing comes in 3 different sizes. Buy in case quantity and save!

Sterilization Wrap

 

Blue non-woven SMS wrap and teal green crepe paper are compatible for most sterilization processes. Click here for available sizes.

Sterilizer Cleaner

 

Click to view all brands of sterilizer cleaner! We stock Duraclean, Omni-Cleaner, Chamber-Brite.

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