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Cleaning Monitors


THE FIRST STEP TO PROPER INSTRUMENT REPROCESSING

Proper cleaning is the first and most important step to effective Instrument Reprocessing. Visibly clean instruments might not be enough to ensure quality of your cleaning protocol. Wouldnĺt you want to know if your instruments have passed the first step?

Hu-Friedy Cleaning Monitors are designed to monitor the efficacy of the cleaning process when using washer-disinfectors and ultrasonic cleaners. The monitors contain a non-toxic test soil that mimics the presence of blood and tissue on an instrument surface. Full removal the test soil indicates an effective cleaning process.

 

HOW DO CLEANING MONITORS WORK?

  • Insert single use Cleaning Monitor strip into the holder
  • Place holder with strip face up in equipment:
    - For ULTRASONIC CLEANERS:on top of instruments fully covered in solution
    - For WASHER-DISINFECTORS: in a basket on a shelf of the washer
  • Run cleaning cycle
  • Review results of Cleaning Monitor to determine if adjustments to process are needed

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Washer-Disinfector

  • Time
  • Temperature
  • Detergent concentration
  • Spray arm function
  • Enzymax soak

Ultrasonic

  • Cavitation
  • Time
  • Temperature
  • Detergent Amount
  • Number of Instruments

 

WHY WOULD MY PROCESS FAIL?

There are many things that can affect the quality of your cleaning protocol. Rather than assuming that your instruments are clean just by looking at them, letĺs consider some of the common process failures for your Washer-Disinfector or Ultrasonic Cleaner.

COMMON PROCESS FAILURES

Washer-Disinfector 

  • Inadequate water spray/impingement
  • Clogged spray arms
  • Overloading
  • Instrument shadowing
  • Inadequate detergent dosing
  • Improper detergent dosing

Ultrasonic

  • Ineffective cavitation
  • Overloading
  • Insufficient time, temperature and/or detergent

 

WHEN DO YOU USE CLEANING MONITORS?

WASHER-DISINFECTOR
Run a monitor test in the morning to release the equipment for use and minimum of one monitor per load for load release.


ULTRASONIC CLEANER
Monitor once daily with an empty load for a machine release and periodically throughout the day with instruments for a load release, if needed.

WHO SHOULD USE CLEANING MONITORS?

Proper infection control is the responsibility of all office team members, especially if you are the designated Infection Control Coordinator. Adding additional safeguards to your cleaning and sterilization protocols will help increase office efficiency and ensure proper instrument reprocessing.

 

POINTS OF PERFORMANCE

  • Colored test soil on strip is designed to parallell the removal of blood and bioburden from an instrument surface.
  • Cleaning Monitor Holder acts as a hinged instrument measuring implingement in washer-disinfectors
  • Reusable stainless steel holder secures monitor in place in order to provide accurate results.

 

TOOLS AND RESOURCES

Washer-Disinfector
WASHER-DISINFECTOR CLEANING MONITOR INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE
WASHER-DISINFECTOR TROUBLESHOOTING CHART
WASHER-DISINFECTOR TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE
WASHER-DISINFECTOR RECORD SHEET

Ultrasonic Cleaner
ULTRASONIC CLEANING MONITOR INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE
ULTRASONIC CLEANER TROUBLESHOOTING CHART
ULTRASONIC RECORD SHEET



 

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