The Importance of Temperature Monitoring

The Importance of Temperature Monitoring

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.

ProEZ AW Quad™

Quadruple Enzyme Automatic Washer Detergent

Certol’s premium enzymatic detergent provides the chemistry needed for difficult soils, complex instrumentation and high impingement
automated cleaning equipment.

  • Four enzymes attack the entire range of surgery soils: blood proteins, gastrointestinal starches, cellulose and fatty orthopedic soils.
  • Chelating and rinsing agents improve action in hard water.
  • Formula delivers the concentration of active agents needed for fast, consistent results. Starts working quickly - in as little as one minute in warm water.
  • Powerful yet safe: biodegradable, neutral pH, instrument brighteners and unique anti-corrosive system. Use on all types of metals, plastics and rubber goods.
  • Penetrating agents improve cleaning action around serrations and box locks.
  • Economical, replacement order option without pump.

Non-foaming and neutral pH!