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MAINTAINING AND CLEANING SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS - PART 3

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Rust Vs. Stain Stains can be removed whereas rust will leave permanent damage. To determine if a brown or orange discoloration is a stain or rust, use the eraser test. Rub a pencil eraser over the discoloration. If the discoloration is removed with the eraser and the metal underneath is smooth and clean, this is a stain. If a pit mark appears under the discoloration, this is corrosion or rust . Trouble Shooting Stain Guide for Surgical Instruments Stain Color: Brown/Orange Cause : A result of high-pH detergents , Chlorhexidine usage or improper soaking of instruments. This color stain also...

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Maintaining and Cleaning Surgical Instruments - Part 2

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Cleaning After Surgery The washing process should begin within 10 minutes after surgery, even if sterilization will take place much later. Washing instruments within a few minutes of surgery is your best defense for corrosion, pitting and staining. Only use approved solutions. Non-approved solutions are any that do not specifically state, on the label, that uses include surgical instruments, stainless steel and sterilization. Approved solutions are specially designed for surgical instruments and the sterilization cycle. Their product labels will state this use. Sterilization All surgical instruments must be sterilized prior to surg e ry to prevent infection. But even sterilization...

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Maintaining and Cleaning Surgical Instruments - Part 1

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 The Look and Feel of New Instruments Most professionals will recognize that new instruments feel different. Newer devices tend to be harder, with a stiffer feel to them. That’s because as instruments age, they soften with use and cleaning. With proper care, these devices can last a lifetime. It’s important to realize, however, that even the highest grade instruments will experience at least minimal wear and softening over time. Remember, new instruments are designed to be stiff at the onset of use. The idea is to keep this wearing to a minimum with proper cleaning and a scheduled preventive maintenance...

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Are you prepared for the many aspects of being a veterinarian?

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Are you prepared for the many aspects of being a veterinarian?Originally posted on vetanswers.com.au. Posted in Guest Blogger @ Sep 17th 2015 - By Dr Liz Chmurycz, Russell Vale Animal Clinic The Many Aspects Of Being A VeterinarianThere are so many aspects to being a vet that it is easy when you're on the outside to only see the fun parts (puppies! kittens!) and think that the job is AWESOME,....or to see the sad parts (when a much loved family pet dies) and think that the job SUCKS! As a kid, I read so many books on veterinary work that...

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What, how and why: Enzymatic instrument cleaning products in healthcare environments

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by C. Wayne Root, RN, Nancy Kaiser and Christopher Antonucci Enzymatic cleaning chemistries are used throughout healthcare facilities to aid in the cleaning of medi- cal instrumentation and devices. They are the workhorse products in both endoscopy and sterile processing/central services areas. Enzymatic cleaning products are used as a precursor, to help other detergents work properly. They are used as presoaks, during manual cleaning of delicate items and endoscopes, and as the first stage of most automated washer processing cycles. Because they are an important part of most cleaning processes in healthcare facilities, it is important to have a thorough...

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