Inspecting Surgical Instruments
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Ultrasonic Cleaning

A method of cleaning that is a necessity is ultrasonic cleaning. This method is the most efficient and effective available today. In fact, ultrasonic cleaning is 16 times more efficient that manual cleaning alone. Place instruments in the ultrasonic unit for 10-15 minutes and use a neutral pH ultrasonic solution.

Here are a few tips for ultrasonic cleaning:

Use distilled water or tap water with a neutral pH ultrasonic solution to properly fill the tank of your ultrasonic cleaner. Never use a manual soap in the ultrasonic cleaner and always follow proper dilution. A neutral pH ultrasonic cleaning solution, when properly mixed, effectively reduces the surface tension of the solution and increases the ultrasonic calibration process. The solution should be changed at least daily or sooner if the solution appears dirty or murky. Only plug an ultrasonic machine into a GFI outlet.

TIP: A heated tank does not significantly improve cleaning. Generally speaking, there is no measurable improvement in cleaning when heat is applied to the solution.

 

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