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ONEcleaner Surgical Instrument Lubricant Cleaners lubricate moving parts, condition surfaces and cut costs. The ONEcleaner Surgical Instrument Enzyme Detergents that lubricate while that clean residue free, are neutral pH, phosphate free, and biodegradable. ONEcleaners lubricate surgical instruments during every reprocessing treatment.
AORN Recommendations for lubricating surgical instruments state that professionals responsible for the care and maintenance of surgical instruments often overlook the significance of selecting the appropriate lubricant for processing hand-held, non-powered surgical instruments. A surgical instrument lubricant is a valuable tool and an important variable in the instrument care process.
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When carefully selected, lubricants can do much more than reduce friction and wear; they can lengthen the useful life of an instrument. Lubricants for medical equipment and invasive surgeries have obvious health and safety requirements. For example, hygiene and environmental regulations require lubricants to be discreet, non-toxic and effective. However, there are other factors affecting lubricant selection that hospitals and medical professionals need to be concerned with. The use of an inappropriate lubricant can lead to inadequate sterilization of surgical instruments and can ultimately affect surgical outcomes.
Reusable surgical instruments constitute a significant investment for any healthcare facility, so maintaining their full useful life is a cost-driven priority. Although keeping surgical instruments in their optimal condition requires significant time and resources, the cost pales in comparison to expensive repairs and replacements, as well as the potential for patient harm. When reprocessing instruments and preparing them for sterilization, it is critical to use lubricants specifically formulated and labeled for surgical instruments. This can help assure that the lubricants are formulated to allow sterilants to contact instrument surfaces, and will give confidence that they are compatible with the method of sterilization being used. Synthetic lubricants offer a number of advantages over oil-based lubricants and may prove to be a superior and more effective product for the sterile processing department. It is also critical to thoroughly clean each device to remove any soils, biofilm, vegetative and spore forms of organisms, oils, and any other residues that can impair sterilization. Applying heat to these residues can affix them more tightly to the surfaces and make the instruments even harder to sterilize. This leaves the potential for critical instrumentation to remain contaminated and ultimately to cause infection. Preserving surgical instrumentation has a significant benefit, since replacing worn and damaged instruments can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars per month. Poorly maintained equipment also jeopardizes surgeon satisfaction. When all the risk factors are considered, lubricants are a very cost-effective way of maintaining and getting the best performance from life-saving instruments.
The value of surgical instrument lubrication: the Association of perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) recommends that all decontaminated equipment with moving parts be bathed in a preserved water-soluble lubricant after each mechanical processing, unless the manufacturer advises otherwise. AORN Recommended Practices state that: Surgical instruments should be checked for function after cleaning. Those with moving parts may require lubrication according to manufacturers' instructions. Water soluble lubricants should be applied to those instruments that require lubrication. Instruments should be cleaned before the lubricant is applied. Cleaning, particularly ultrasonic cleaning, removes lubricants from instruments. Lubricants decrease friction between working surfaces. Unless otherwise specified, lubricants should be water soluble to allow steam penetration during sterilization; oil-based products cannot be penetrated.
Surgical instruments should be lubricated with a neutral pH water soluble lubricant after every use and during every cleaning treatment.