Optimal cycle configuration

I believe that unfortunately there is no magic formula that wipes the test soil off the instruments in every machine every time. Every validated cleaning cycle is specific to the machine itself, the chemical used and, most importantly, the load. Load means not only the amount of instruments but the type and proportions in which different instruments are reprocessed. Interestingly the load will include the additional accessories like trays, baskets and cassettes that complicate the matter even more.

For this reason the cycle configuration should consider the type of instruments first and then use the full potential of the particular machine to complete the cleaning process in the shortest possible time.

With the advancement in technology of medical instruments comes the complexity and need for tailored solutions both in terms of equipment used and cycle profiles. It also stipulates that cycles will be optimal only to the type of instruments and/or particular SSD’s.

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Pawel de Sternberg Stojalowski

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Pawel de Sternberg Stojalowski MBA, MSc, BSc is a research and development specialist focusing on innovation within decontamination sciences. He’s been involved in R&D since 2007, designing equipment, processes and methodologies for cleaning, disinfection and sterilisation of surgical instruments as well as medical and laboratory equipment.