Posts Tagged ‘instrument disinfection’

Spectrum Surgical Offers Face Shield Visor for Decontamination

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. is pleased to provide a protective face shield and visor.

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This visor shield has been designed to provide protection, comfort, and safety during the surgical instrument decontamination process.

The distortion-free, optical-grade shield is non-fogging and easily fits over masks, goggles, and glasses. The design allows for optimal air circulation.

Spectrum’s visor is available in blue, white, neon-yellow, neon-magenta, and teal, for easy identification.

Shop online today for your protective face shield.

Cleaning Surgical Instruments — Keeping the Ambulatory Setting Clean

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

It is essential for ambulatory facilities to understand the proper procedures to cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing surgical instruments and medical equipment.

Cleaning is the most important step in processing surgical instruments and when items aren’t physically clean they cannot be disinfected or sterilized.

  • Keep cleaning equipment readily available – recommended an enzymatic cleaner
  • All staff members need to be properly trained on how to clean instruments thoroughly; there are no excuses for short cuts
  • Various size cleaning brushes for scopes, one size won’t work for all scopes
  • Post manufacturer’s processing policy above cleaning sink for staff members
  • Always rinse and rough dry before soaking

Similar cleaning considerations of surgical instruments apply to sterilization. Note: if it isn’t clean, it cannot be sterilized.

  • Soak all instruments for sterilization in a enzymatic cleaner – change after each use
  • Brush items until clean under the surface of water
  • Rinse with tap water and dry
  • Process in sterilizer, per manufacture’s recommendations

Learn more best practices for cleaning surgical instruments.

Instrument Disinfection — Cold Sterilization

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Cold sterilization is not a recommended method for disinfecting surgical instruments.

When you use cold sterilization on instruments it can cause damage to them.

In fact, you should never leave instruments in any solution for longer than 20 minutes.

Do not immerse instruments with tungsten carbide inserts (needle holders with gold handles) in solutions containing Benzyl Ammonium Chloride (BAC). This chemical is known to loosen the tungsten carbide.

Learn the proper procedure for cleaning surgical instruments through instrument disinfection and read more about the best practices for cleaning surgical instruments.

Cleaning Surgical Instruments – Contaminated Towels Cause Damage

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

A medical facility in St. Louis has filed suit against its laundry service for allegedly supplying the medical center with towels which caused damage to their surgical instruments during the sterilization process.  The hospital is claiming that traces of flourosilic acid on the towels, absorbed through the service’s cleaning process, caused corrosion, left the surgical instruments discolored and caused them to be discarded.

The cleaning service is disputing the suit and disagrees there is a link between the acid and the damage to the surgical instruments.

Fluorosilicic acid is a transparent, corrosive liquid having the chemical formula of H2SiF6, which decomposes into hydrofluoric acid and silicon tetrafluoride.

Stainless steel surgical instruments are protected by a thin layer of chromium oxide.  The protective layer surrounding stainless steel surgical instruments is removed with any exposure to acid, solutions containing chloride or an acid based detergent.  Once the protective layer is removed, the acid can attack the unprotected steel causing damage and pitting.

The proper care of surgical instruments is crucial to the safety of medical facilities. That’s why at Spectrum Surgical we not only supply high quality stainless steel surgical instruments, we support our customers with a quality education on how to properly clean, sterilize and handle their surgical instruments before and after entering the operating room.  To view more information on the proper care of surgical instruments, or to supply your facility with the highest quality surgical instruments, visit our website.

Click here to read the full article in relating to the St. Louis case.

Surgical Instrument Care — Recognizing CSSD Professionals in October

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

This year, from October 9-15th, hospitals nationwide will be celebrating National Healthcare Central Service and Sterile Processing Week. The Central Sterile Supply Department (CSSD) of a health care facility is the center of all activities related to surgical instruments, supplies and equipment needed for surgery, obstetrics and other patient care areas.

Central service technicians are responsible for properly maintaining surgical instruments, sterilizing and packaging instruments used during a surgery, as well as decontaminating, cleaning and storing the surgical instruments after each procedure.  CSSD professionals play a crucial role in patient care by preventing infections through their knowledge in surgical instrument preparation and care.

If you know someone working in the Central Service Department of a health care facility, take the week of October 9th as an opportunity to recognize their devotion and commitment to making a difference in patient care.

At Spectrum, we appreciate all the CSSD professionals we work with and are proud to supply them with the best surgical instruments and surgical instrument care education.  Contact Spectrum with your surgical instrument needs and for more surgical instrument information.