Manual cleaning is used not only for surgical instruments, but also for ultrasound and endoscopic instruments/devices. A common weakness of manual cleaning processes is the inherent variability in competency and diligence among staff, not only between facilities, but even within the same department. The outcome of the instrument cleaning process should be the same whether it is performed through manual or automated means: every device is safe to handle during subsequent processing.
1.0 CE Hours Approved by: CBRN, CBSPD & IAHCSMM
What Will I Learn?
Today, healthcare professionals who are responsible for instrument preparation and processing are often confronted with a variety of issues involving infection control and decontamination. The need to consider and effectively deal with complex instrument designs, virulent pathogenic microorganisms, guideline compliance, and ongoing education is challenging to reprocessing personnel.
Upon completion of this study guide program, the participant should be able to:
1. Describe the essential elements necessary to ensure optimal outcomes of manual cleaning.
2. List the common causes of instrument deterioration/corrosion.