The best way to be certain that all surgical instruments are lubricated is to use a cleaning concentrate that lubricate while it cleans. The Association of perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) recommends that all decontaminated equipment with moving parts be bathed in a preserved water-soluble lubricant after each mechanical processing, unless the manufacturer advises otherwise. It is important to see the lubrication step not merely as an add-on but as a proactive step in the instrument care process that provides a film of protection against wear from metal-upon-metal friction of moving joints. AORN Recommended Practices state that: Surgical instruments should be checked for function after cleaning. Those with moving parts may require lubrication according to manufacturers' instructions. Water soluble lubricants should be applied to those instruments that require lubrication. Instruments should be cleaned before the lubricant is applied. Cleaning, particularly ultrasonic cleaning, removes lubricants from instruments.
Surgical Instrumenyt Lubricants decrease friction between working surfaces. Unless otherwise specified, lubricants should be water soluble to allow steam penetration during sterilization; oil-based products cannot be penetrated. The ONEcleaner four enzyme detergent lubricating cleaners rinse residue free. The ONEcleaner Surgical Instrument Lubricants significantly reduce the cost of enzymes, detergents, stain removers, while cutting freight and handling by an average of 400%. The ONEcleaner Surgical Instrument Lubricants are formulated as a Surgical Instrument Detergent Enzyme Lubricant Cleaner. The ONEcleaner Surgical Instrument Lubricants improve turnaround times, decrease inventory costs and the space expended for storing products, and improves the overall condition, appearance, and performance of surgical instruments. The ONEcleaner Surgical Instrument Lubricants combines the detergent and enzyme treatment cycles for ultrasonic cleaning, automated washers, and manual cleaning. Reusable surgical instruments constitute a significant investment for any healthcare facility, so maintaining their full useful life is a cost-driven priority. Although keeping surgical instruments in their optimal condition requires significant time and resources, the cost pales in comparison to expensive repairs and replacements, as well as the potential for patient harm. When reprocessing instruments and preparing them for sterilization, it is critical to use lubricants specifically formulated and labeled for surgical instruments. This can help assure that the lubricants are formulated to allow sterilants to contact instrument surfaces, and will give confidence that they are compatible with the method of sterilization being used. Synthetic lubricants offer a number of advantages over oil-based lubricants and may prove to be a superior and more effective product for the sterile processing department.