6.6 Disinfecting Diagnostic Equipment

Pre-cleaning patient-care devices with soapy water, or an enzymatic cleaner, is the best practice before performing high-level disinfection or sterilization per the device’s IFU. This type of cleaning aids in removing visible biowastes like blood and tissue, as well as inorganic salts.

Disinfecting devices as soon as you are able also helps prevent contaminants from drying on or sticking to them, reducing the effectiveness of sterilization.

Cleaning can be done manually or by machine with ultrasonic sanitizers, washer-disinfectors, and washer-sterilizers. For suitability with components and other antiseptics, cleaners should be as close to a neutral pH (7) as possible.

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