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?
The first issue is potential residual blood protein hiding inside box locks and channels. If soak or sink water temperature exceeds 120°F/49°C, residual blood proteins hiding on instrumentation will denature (think cooked eggs) and become even more difficult to remove. Treat all incoming contaminated instruments as blood soiled and ensure that all soak and manual sink solutions are below 120°F/49°C.
Secondly, all instrument cleaning chemicals have labels with instructions for use including dosing and temperature. Surveyors expect each facility to have policies with staff training and monitoring to follow label instructions. This applies to both enzymatic and non-enzymatic detergents.
Finally, unlike disinfectants and sterilants, medical instrument cleaners are not regulated. It is difficult for end users to assess quality of instrument cleaners. Low quality non-enzymatic detergents require more manual brushing effort. Low quality enzymatic detergents have limited enzyme content. Certol International ProEZ AW Quad™ multi enzymatic detergent uses high quality enzyme components and is validated for action at expanded temperature range from 65°F (pre-soak) to 150°F (automated washer main cycle).
With complexity and staff turn-over, detergent cleaning chemicals must be a reliable ally. Try a direct comparison of ProEZ AW Quad with your current detergent using objective enzyme tests and other monitors. For free trial product contact Certol International at 1.800.843.3343.