How To Clean Your Dental Instrument ?
Used medical instruments are often heavily contaminated with blood and body fluids.Before reuse, instruments must be cleaned,disinfected and sterilized. Thorough cleaning must precede disinfection and sterilization to ensure that these steps can be carried out effectively.Cleaning contaminated instruments in an ultrasonic cleaner is both safer and more efficient than cleaning by hand. This is particularly important for critical medical devices that have areas difficult to clean manually, such as joints, crevices, and lumens. Hand scrubbing, even with gloves,increases exposure to body fluids and leaves open the potential for puncture wounds from sharp contaminated tools.
Most instrument manufacturers recommend ultrasonic cleaning as the best and most effective way to clean surgical instruments,particularly those with hinges, locks and other moving parts. If ultrasonic cleaning is not available observe the following steps.
Immediately after surgery, rinse instruments under warm (not hot) running water. Rinse
should remove all blood, body fluids and tissues .If not done immediately after rinsing, instru-ments should be submerged in a solution of water and neutral PH(7) detergent.
Filled the tank with water and poured the cleaning solution that you make or you buy.
Place instruments in open position into the ultrasonic cleaner. Make sure that “Sharp”
(such as scissors, knives osteotomes, etc.) do not touch other instruments.All Instruments have to be fully submerged.Do not place dissimilar metals (stainless,copper, chrome plated, etc.) in the same cleaning cycle.
It needs to heat the solution hot and set the temperatures you need. Turn the device on and let it run for as long as needed until your instrument is clean.Instruments should be processed in a cleaner for the full recommended cycle time–usually 10 to 20 minutes).For micro and delicate instruments, use manual cleaning.
when the cleaning is done, switch the cleaner off and leave your tools inside for another 5-10 minutes so that the dirt particles that were knocked off your pieces by the sound waves can fall to the bottom of the tank.
After you take your dental tools out, you can clean it briefly with a soft cloth to make sure that any residual dirt is removed. If instruments are to be stored, let them air dry and store them in a clean and dry environment.