Monday, 27 April 2020

The advantages of enzymatic detergents


Contaminated flexible endoscopes are the medical devices occasionally associated with outbreaks of health care-associated infection. To minimise the risk, effective cleaning and disinfection of flexible endoscopes must be undertaken. For this process to be effective, several steps need to be followed in a controlled manner. The first step, where a detergent is used at the pre-washer / disinfectant stage, is critical for the removal of soil and in preventing a biofilm community from developing. This step requires the use of a suitable detergent by following a detailed protocol.

In relation to this subject, Tim Sandle has written an article.

Here is the abstract:

Enzymatic detergents are considered to be more effective due to their ability to digest different types of soils and hence facilitate the cleaning process. However, there are additional factors that need to be controlled when using these types of detergent, not least healthcare worker safety. This article examines the differences between these detergents, specifically for the manual cleaning of flexible endoscopes, and considers the factors that need to be practiced for the safe and effective application of enzymatic detergents.

The reference is:

Sandle, T. (2020) The advantages of enzymatic detergents, The Clinical Services Journal, 19 (1): 47-49

For details, contact Tim Sandle.

Posted by Dr. Tim Sandle, Pharmaceutical Microbiology Resources (http://www.pharmamicroresources.com/)

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