Archive September 2019 XX, No. 9

12 Tips for Instrument Care and Cleaning

If you take care of your instruments, they'll take care of you.

Mike Morsch

Mike Morsch, Associate Editor


Mark Voigt/CentraCare Health
TIP TOP SHAPE A preventive maintenance program is one of the most important parts of keeping your surgical instrumentation in top-performing condition.

Benjamin Franklin was right: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Pretty sure Mr. Franklin wasn’t talking about caring for surgical instruments, but we do know that taking these 12 preventive steps will pay dividends down the road.

1 Pre-enzymatic treatment. Make sure your staff gives your instruments a pre-enzymatic treatment immediately after use in the OR. As you know, blood is corrosive to surgical instruments.

“We use enzymatics to make sure the blood remains wet on those surgical instruments until they can get cleaned,” says Mark Voigt, director of sterile processing at CentraCare Health in St. Cloud, Minn. “If blood is allowed to dry, it can cause that pitting and rusting. It could be so bad that you have to replace the instruments, and that’s costly.”

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