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How are the surgical instruments disinfected prior to surgery?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
The sterilization or disinfection of surgical instruments involves multiple processes. The steps include pre-cleaning, cleaning, inspection, packaging, wrapping, autoclaving and maintainance of the autoclave. First the pre-cleaning involves wiping instruments off with cloth or enzymatic cleaner. Next, cleaning involves scrubbing instruments with enzymatic cleaner and rinsed. After inspection, each instrument is wrapped and autoclaved with steam indicator inserted into the package. Packages are secured with steam indicator and dates labeled. A autoclave log is maintained of the details of each run.

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