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Fair and Equal Pay? - January 2016 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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Y ou spray enzymatic cleaners on your soiled instruments, but do you know how these protein-based detergents work and the role they play in your fight against biobur- den? Enzymatic cleaners help prepare instruments and endoscopes for cleaning and sterilization or high-level disinfection by removing bodily fluids and tissue. They can be used as presoaks, dur- ing manual cleaning or in the first stage of automatic cleaning (as in ultrasonic washers or automated endoscope reprocessors). By pre-cleaning, you're already exposing proteins, lipids and starch- es to enzymes that can start breaking them down. Before an instru- ment arrives in central sterile, an enzymatic solution should already be in use. If not, gross soil could dry on the instrument, which then requires rehydration before cleaning, a time-consuming process that limits enzyme-soil contact time. Instead, have staffers spray the instruments at the point of use with a non-aerosol enzymatic solution. For an endoscope, staff must flush J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 6 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 6 9 Your Guide to Enzymatic Cleaners • HEAD START Enzymes help break down bioburden before instruments arrive in central sterile. A quick introduction to the science behind these bioburden-busters. Peter Daigle Farmington, Conn.

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