References to keeping instruments “Moist” from the HTM01:01 Management and decontamination of surgical instruments: Part A – Management and provision
1.8 – Management recommendations centre on:
Ensuring a continuously moist environment for instruments between use and reprocessing;
5.10 – All instruments should be kept moist prior to being sent for reprocessing. There are a variety of methods, for example gels, sprays and use of wet towels, that could be applied to keep instruments moist; the choice of the exact method used rests with the decontamination manager, Decontamination Lead or local Infection Control Team following risk assessment.
Keeping instruments moist between use and reprocessing
6.5 – Prions are hydrophobic proteins. The attachment of hydrophobic proteins to surfaces becomes less reversible if they are allowed to dry fully. Keeping the environment around soiled instruments at or near saturation humidities (moist) prevents full attachment of hydrophobic proteins such that they are more efficiently removed by cleaning.
To help Sterile Services with their HTM01:01 compliance…
Ruhof have a complete range of enzymatic and non-enzymatic pre-cleaners. Our newest offering is the Prepclean “Forever Wet”.