David Jones offers an insight into the development of advanced ultrasonic technology to ensure effective cleaning of surgical instruments.
After years of R&D, the result is a solution that is claimed to render instruments and lumens completely protein free, while meeting the demands of HTM guidance.
The application of sound into fluid to deliver an efficient cleaning process has been around for many years and has been utilised to great effect. However, there is clean and then there is clean. So, what do we actually mean when we use this word? Certainly, the requirements for general commercial and industrial cleaning are far removed from what is required in the decontamination sector
Historically, ultrasonics have been used in an attempt to remove proteins from surgical equipment prior to processing in a thermal device. The results, however, were erratic – leading the sector, in many cases, to discard the process altogether through uncertainty of the results achievable with the equipment provided. Nevertheless, the fact remains, if set up correctly in a controlled manner, with complete focus on the application of sound, ultrasonic technology can achieve exceptional levels of precision cleaning capable of meeting the high demands of the healthcare and medical sector.
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