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The Necessity of Conducting Proper Sterilization

By: Daniel Prince

I have seen medical practitioners fret over the cleanliness of their facility all the time. Sometimes, it becomes so irritating that one starts wondering why it is so necessary to clean each and every thing several times during the course of a day.

It was recently that I came upon an article on the internet that shed light on the requirement of cleanliness and proper medical sterilization in laboratories, hospitals and other medical and medicinal facilities. First of all, medical facilities are places that are constantly being visited by different patients. Some of them are suffering from transmissible diseases. In order to make sure that the staff and the patients at the facility do not catch these diseases from one another, it is necessary that the doctors, nurses and technicians adopt the rules and procedures that have been devised and put in place for medical and surgical sterilization.

There are several prescribed methods for effective surgical sterilization which range from simple soap and water rinsing to high-tech cleaning with the help of ultrasonic sterilization. Ultrasonic surgical sterilization is the most preferred method for cleaning medical tools since it is simple and does not take a lot of time. The process can be carried out with minimum effort while producing astonishing results. Very delicate tools, however, need extra time and effort from the staff because they need to be cleaned manually with special care and precision. The next step of surgical sterilization involves submerging them in an ultrasonic cleaning solution inside the machine. Specially designed thongs are used for this purpose.

The machine takes about five to ten minutes for cleaning the equipment. Once the cleaning is done, the instruments are allowed to dry by themselves. These are, then, placed in perfectly clean and sterilized trays.

Manual cleaning requires a brush and a good scrub. The brush is needed in order to clean the rounds and small points and edges on the instruments that cannot be reached by human fingers. This process involves immersing the instrument in a cleaning solution – preferably a detergent – and scrubbing as well as brushing it with your hands also immersed in the solution.

Medical sterilization is regarded as a major aspect of diagnosis and treatment of ailments. Surgical sterilization ensures that the instruments being used on different patients do not subject them to further infections from each other. It is also imperative for the well being of the staff at the medical facility. If medical sterilization is not properly carried out, it may be harmful for everyone including the doctors.