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Instrument Care & Cleaning
Now that you have purchased high quality instruments for your lab, it is important to care for them so they will last longer. Mopec recommends the following procedures to keep your instruments free from spotting or corroding.
Rinsing: Immediately after using your instruments, remove all gross matter using warm running water. This should remove most of the matter. Do not mix metals such as chrome plated, stainless steel, titanium, etc. Disinfecting: Disinfect instruments by placing them in one of Mopec's cleaning and EPA approved disinfecting cleaners (page 72), All instruments should be cleaned completely prior to sterilization. Ultrasonic Cleaning: Ultrasonic cleaning is the most effective way to remove small particles from intricate instruments. All instruments must be fully submerged within sterilizer. Do not overload sterilizer – keep instruments from touching each other. Change solution often, according to manufacturers instructions. When sterilization is completed, rinse instruments with water to remove cleaning solution. Lubricate any hinged instruments. Use a lubricant designed especially for surgical instruments Do not use industrial oils or lubricates. Automatic Washer Sterilizers: Follow instructions given with sterilizer but lubricate instruments after last rinse cycle and before sterilization cycle. Note: Forceps and Scissors may crack if sterilized in the closed position.Do not steam autoclave chrome plated instruments or rubber tipped forceps. Manual Cleaning: Use a stiff nylon cleaning brush (page 73). Do not attempt to use steel wool or other wire brushes not recommended for stainless steel instruments. You may damage the instrument. Brush instruments and remove all gross matter. Use only neutral pH7 detergents. Anything less that pH6 may damage instruments resulting in pitting and black staining. Higher than 7pH may cause brown stains. After scrubbing,thoroughly rinse instruments under running water. Make sure hinged instruments are rinsed out, opening and closing scissors andother instruments. Drying: Air dry instruments and store in a clean and dry environment.Proper handling and cleaning will ensure your instruments years of service. Dropping or careless handling will cause sharp edges on certain instruments to nick or become irregular. Resharpening at regular intervals is also recommended.
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