How long should surgical instruments soak?
Recommended procedures for manual cleaning are to first soak the instrument in a tepid or lukewarm water or detergent bath for at least 10 minutes, preferably until all soil on the instrument is softened. Surgical instruments must always soak in neutral pH cleaning products. Soaking times cannot be prescribed without knowing (with visual observation) the level of, and the constitution of the deris. For example cleaning phacoemulsification hanieeices, due to the emulsification of lipids and proteins.
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Neutral pH, free-rinsing surgical instrument pre wash soaking cleaners are designed to provide critically clean surgical instruments that are residue free. This is especially important when cleaning eye surgical instruments. Foaming surgical instrument cleaners create a thick layer of foam on the surface of surgical instruments but once applied the soaking surgical instrument cleaners are non-foaming. Although foaming is valuable for hydrating debris and preventing encrustation on soiled eye surgical instruments foaming during the cleaning process is detrimental to the cleaning process and can present a risk to workers. Surgical instrument cleaners without "foam control" require excessive rinsing. Residual foam can cause unwanted residue to be retained on the surface of the surgical instrument. Surgical Instrument Pre Wash Cleaner Presoaking with neutral pH enzymatic detergent Surgical Instrument Pre Wash Cleaners will effectively remove debris.