Antibiotic resistant bacteria and decontamination – food for thought

  As it cannot be denied that infection can result from environmental conditions and can be caught anywhere it is often forgotten that pathogenic microorganisms could have been planted in the patient during the actual surgical procedure. What is more in this case contamination is introduced directly to the sterile tissue what stipulates that it is entirely down to individual’s …

Process versus the result

Washer disinfectors follow strict processes to deliver clean and safe to handle instruments ready for sterilization. Over the years I have been looking into different designs of washer disinfectors but the process itself was rarely a subject for consideration. Parameters were adjusted within a rigid framework of initial rinse, main wash with chemical, rinse and disinfection stage. And do not …

It’s not the Washer-Disinfector – It’s how you use it!

The validation report of a Washer-Disinfector clearly specifies the test load. Modern cleaning machines are designed for the shortest possible cycle times to maximise instrument throughput and save energy. Because of that, even a relatively small difference from the way the test load was used may result in a “failed” cycle. It is therefore critical to arrange instruments and accessories …