Modern medicine has been able to revolutionize the way surgical procedures are done. One such example would be the rise of laparoscopic surgery. With tinier incisions in less risky areas, patients are able to recover at a much faster rate while receiving the same world-class treatment they deserve.
Of course, the rise of laparoscopic surgery has increased the number of equipment used to perform these procedures. As such, medical professionals must take great care to properly sterilize their equipment to prevent the spread of disease. With that in mind, here are a few tips to help you out:
In general, equipment should be soaked in a disinfectant solution prior to use, especially if you’re using pre-used medical equipment for the first time. Soak your equipment for 10 minutes, no more, no less. Anything less can still leave resistant microbes on the surface, while overdoing the bath can damage your equipment.
The Right Sterilization Method
In theory, there is no right or wrong sterilization method. Steam, ethylene oxide, and peracetic acid are all effective ways to sterilize equipment. However, you may want to ask the manufacturer which method works best for your equipment, to help you keep your equipment in pristine condition.
The Golden Rule
When in doubt, always refer to the manufacturer’s guide. If that is not available, ask your supplier for more information. Sticking to the guidelines set by the manufacturer helps increase the lifespan of your equipment, whether brand-new or used.