Pre-Cleaning in the OR: During the Procedure

During the Procedure

To have a successful pre-cleaning, a multi-disciplinary team should evaluate what is the right pre-cleaning product to use. There are many products on the market that will help keep instruments moist during transport, similar to covering instruments with a moistened towel. 

For the pre-treatment spray to breakdown any soil during transport, the spray requires enzymes, which not all products have. Select an enzymatic pre-treatment spray that has been tested for active enzyme activity in real world conditions. 

If it’s certain that there will be routine delays in transporting the instruments to decontamination (like in an off-site reprocessing center), products with enzymatic activity and anti-corrosives can help reduce the likelihood of damage to the instruments. 

A good pre-treatment product can help reduce the time required in cleaning the instruments, reduces the likelihood of retained soil on the instrument, and can save a facility from having to purchase replacement instruments due to irreparable corrosion. 

Pre-cleaning is the foundation of the cleaning process in device reprocessing. If you select the right product and implement an effective process, patients will be kept safer and your instruments and devices will continue to perform their best. 

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