strengthen the protective passive layer of surgical stainless steel against corrosion.
Your first-line-of-defense against preventing corrosion is maintaining the passive layer of the surgical Instrument stainless steel. Stainless steel surgical instruments are made of corrosion resistant steels. Corrosion resistant does not mean corrosion proof. One of the special characteristics of surgical instrument stainless steel is that the manufacturer forms a passive oxide layer on the surface, which protects them against corrosion.
This passive layer makes surgical instruments as corrosion resistant as possible. It is imperative that you maintain the passive oxide layer to prevent corrosion and maintain your surgical instruments in optimal condition.
ONEcleaner surgical instrument cleaners will lower surgical instrument cleaning costs while cleaning surgical instruments residue free. The all-in-ONE surgical instrument cleaners remove stains and bioburden from surgical instruments while cleaning the surface of surgical instruments and enhancing the passive layer of surgical instrument stainless steel. Surgical Instruments will look newer are perform longer. ONEcleaner enzymatic surgical instrument cleaners with detergents and lubricant have been shown to be effective in optimizing the efficacy of the surgical instrument protective passive oxide layer.
Yellow-brown to dark-brown stains or spots on surgical stainless steel instruments are frequently mistaken for rust. These residue deposits stains or spots arranged in groups or along edges or in crevices are usually the instrument being exposed to result of high chloride content. They will lead to pitting and corrosion of the surgical instrument surface if not removed. Excessively hard water can contain high levels of salt sufficient to cause stains or spots that appear as rust. Boilers for steam sterilizers, if not cleaned properly, will produce contaminated steam which can deposit minerals onto instruments during the sterilization process.
Virtually all manufacturers of surgical instruments recommend the use of neutral pH Cleaning Concentrates. Do not use high acidic (pH <4) or high alkaline (pH >10) products for disinfection or cleaning, since these can corrode metal, cause discoloration or stress fractures. Even high quality stainless steel is not impervious to an acidic cleaning solution.
Clean instruments as soon as possible to prevent the drying and encrustation of debris, as quickly as possible after use. Do not allow blood and debris to dry on the instruments. If cleaning must be delayed, place instruments in a covered container with appropriate neutral pH enzyme detergent or apply an enzyme detergent foam spray to delay drying.
The soaking enzymatic surgical instrument cleaner foam sprays have been shown to reduce the time expended for manual cleaning and render higher quality outcomes. Open all box locks and disassemble instruments with removable parts. This will limit blood drying on instruments that may cause corrosion. The all-in-one cleaners and the enzyme-detergent foam sprays deliver a chemical complex to maintain the hydration of bioburden, prevent corrosion, clean the surface, and condition the surface of instruments. This can eliminate or reduce the manual labor expended, rendering lower reprocessing costs while improving turnaround. Surgical instruments should be lubricated with a water soluble surgical instrument lubricant during each cleaning. Proper cleaning, handling, and sterilization will build up the layer of chromium oxide and protect the surgical instruments from corrosion. In some circumstances older instruments have higher resistance to corrosion than new ones. Newer instruments have not had the time to build up the chromium oxide layer. Improper cleaning and sterilization can cause the layer of chromium oxide to disappear or become damaged thus increasing the possibility of corrosion and/or pitting. Proper cleaning and sterilization can cause the layer of chromium oxide to improve over time thus decreasing the possibility of corrosion.
ONEcleaner surgical instrument cleaners are your first line of defense against preventing corrosion as they strengthen and maintain the passive oxide layer of surgical instruments.