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Tips on Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization of  Medical Equipment/Devices | March 10, 2017

Any medical professional will tell you that the importance of working with sterile instruments can’t be understated. Every time one makes an incision with a bacteria-ridden scalpel, or dresses a wound with filthy forceps, one risks infection, disease transfer, further complications, and accusations of malpractice. Here are some great tips that will keep you on your toes and keep your instruments sterile.

Firstly, prepare your most important instruments: your hands. Even if you’re wearing gloves, bacteria from unwashed hands can find their way onto your patient. Don’t believe me? Here’s a course you can take to educate you on the importance of hand sanitation:

https://www.cdc.gov/handhygiene/training/interactiveEducation/

Now that you’ve prepared your hands, it’s time to sterilize. The first thing you need to know about sterilization is what product to use. Enzymatic D-Zyme is largely considered the most effective enzymatic on the market. Its proprietary blend of enzymes and detergents are used in most pre-cleaning kits and add-water concentrate packages.

Another crucial cleaning tip is to lay out your tools. Make sure you have everything you need so you’re not reaching for a potential hazardous instrument in the moment. Your dissecting scissors, your probes, and your D-Zyme enzymatic cleaner should all be in front of you before you start cleaning. And this way, you’ll never have to wash anything twice!

Once you have your tools laid out in front of you with your cleaning product, for example, the D-Zyme Flat Concentrate, you can begin cleaning. First, pour 500 ml of sterile water into a basin. Then, tear open your D-Zyme product. Once you’ve removed the sponge, you’ll need to squeeze it a few times in the water basin to activate the solution.

After the solution’s been activated, rid the sponge of left-over liquid. Apply pressure and confidently wipe all surfaces of the instrument. Once you’ve finished this, you can return the soiled sponge to its basin.

When cleaning the hard-to-reach surfaces of an instrument, like the inside of a tube, you can funnel the D-Zyme solution in the basin through the tool.

Another method is to use the add-water D-Zyme solution to soak the instrument. Washing the instrument in the add-water solution will ensure that all surfaces of the instrument have been properly sterilized.

Lastly, once you’ve properly disinfected your instruments, make sure they are stored in a sterile environment. Not only will this prevent the use of unclean tools, but it will also save you the trouble of wasting D-Zyme solution on rewashing your instruments.

So there you have it. These tips will not only help you clean your medical tools, but will ensure that they are cleaned the correct way, with the correct D-Zyme product, and that they remain clean. No infections – no malpractice!

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