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Cleaning complex surgical instruments

The cleaning of complex reusable surgical instruments requires different considerations and processes, compared to conventional reusable instruments. Samuel Morais BScEng (Hons), from STERIS, offers some advice on tackling some of the key challenges around decontamination of complex surgical instruments – from cleaning and transport, through to reprocessing.

With modern advancements in science and technology, we find ourselves faced with continuous challenges due to changes in the design of reusable medical devices. These challenges typically occur due to the competing requirements of making the medical device fit for its surgical purpose, versus the need for safe decontamination of the device, ready for its next use. When dealing with these decontamination requirements, the first step is to consider how these medical devices can be safely and correctly cleaned, in order that subsequent processing steps, such as sterilization, are not compromised.

Even typical solid or box joint constructions can present cleaning challenges. However, the complex designs that we find in robotic surgical instruments do present new and sometimes very unique challenges, especially due to the large array of different complex surgical instruments that are now available for use. While these complex surgical instrument advancements bring huge possibi

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Arab Health 2022

Dubai World Trade Centre
24th - 27th January

Knowlex Infection Prevention & Control 2022

National Conference Centre, Birmingham
8th - 9th February

Central Sterilising Club 60th Anniversary Annual Scientific Meeting

Crowne Plaza, Bridge Foot, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6YR
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Royal College of Physicians, London
11th May 2022

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19th May 2022

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