Key Takeaways: Guideline for Instrument Cleaning
Publish Date: December 8, 2021
NEW: The recently revised Guideline for Instrument Cleaning presents new recommendations to support instrument processing in the decontamination area.
RECOMMENDATION: Use a decontamination area that has adequate space and the equipment, utilities, and supplies to support instrument processing as described in the instrument manufacturer’s instructions for use (IFU).
- A work environment that supports best practices has
- manufacturers’ IFU that are readily available and in a format that users can read and understand;
- eyewash stations and a designated hand hygiene station(s);
- NEW multiple sinks that are
- designated for soaking and cleaning, intermediate rinse, and final rinse;
- large enough to accommodate instrument trays;
- at an ergonomically correct height; and
- marked at the water level needed for cleaning solution measurement;
- storage space for PPE and cleaning supplies;
- automated equipment (eg, washer-disinfector, ultrasonic cleaner) consistent with the types of instruments to be cleaned and decontaminated;
- adaptors and accessories to connect instruments with cleaning equipment and utilities;
- NEW utilities that support decontamination, drying, inspection, and documentation, including
- access to critical water for rinsing instruments;
- a pressure-regulated, instrument air supply;
- electrical capacity to power all equipment at the same time;
- data lines to support electronic equipment for documentation of processing steps; and
- accessories and supplies specified in the manufacturers’ IFU for instruments to be processed.
For more information see the Guideline for Instrument Cleaning, Guidelines for Perioperative Practice, 2021
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