Sterile Processing technicians work hard to receive and disassemble contaminated instruments. In addition, every sink has monitors to check and log sheets to initial. Would it help to use a non-enzymatic detergent at the sink to eliminate the need for temperature monitoring?
How does the lack of scrubbing and friction during transport and holding impact our choice of pretreatment and cleaning chemicals?
COVID-19 has made dentists question if their disinfecting procedures are enough to keep staff and patients safe. Should you use more disinfectant? Is a barrier doing enough to protect clients? Won’t disinfecting more cause damage to your equipment?
Every endoscopy team must figure out the protocols and supplies to prevent dried soils inside and outside of endoscopes. Delays and dried soils may lead to biofilm.
An update from Certol International based on recent information from the CDC.
Why are surveyors focusing on point of use instrument care? Transport of Instruments may take one to two hours from end of procedure to start of soak time in Central Processing.
Why use enzymatic detergents? Detergents work by reducing surface tension, allowing water and friction to remove soils. The key word here is FRICTION. Friction is YOUR effort with brushes and cloths to help detergent remove soil. Friction requires direct access to the surface area including channels, serrations and box locks. When enzymes are added to…
Ouch! A bad habit is “sticking” around. Two handed recapping is the use of one hand to hold the dental syringe while using your other hand to put the cap back on the needle. Used, contaminated needles are the easiest way to transmit HIV or Hepatitis B. Getting stuck with a dirty needle is both scary…