Thoroughly clean instruments after each use cycle to ensure they remain safe and effective. Scanlan Cleaning and Sterilization Instructions are validated to international standards. Manually pre-clean instruments per the instructions prior to automated cleaning and thermal disinfection.
Note: Prepare detergent solution according to manufacturer recommendation.
Certain instruments must be disassembled prior to cleaning (see the Scanlan Cleaning and Sterilization Instructions for a list of instruments that can be disassembled). Brushes or stylets must be used when cleaning the interior surfaces of suction instruments.
After washing, the instruments should be thoroughly rinsed. A good water filter at the rinse source can help diminish the effects of chemicals and minerals found in most tap water. Thorough rinsing removes detergent and residue, assuring a stain-free instrument. The use of a neutralizer may also be necessary per the washing detergent instructions for use. After Rinsing, always check to ensure all visible contamination is removed.
Instruments should not be allowed to drip dry, as this may cause spotting or a buildup of minerals on the surface of the instrument. A dry instrument will reduce spotting and allow lubrication to adhere.
Dry the instrument through the drying cycle of the automated washer-disinfector following parameters in the cleaning instructions.
If needed, manual drying can be performed with a nonlinting cloth. Bores or lumens of instruments can be dried by using instrument air (reference ANSI /ISA–7.0.0–1996). Instrument air is preferable when drying delicately tipped microsurgical instruments, to prevent breakage should tips be caught in the cloth.
To ensure the performance and longevity of your SCANLAN® instrument perform the recommended inspection, maintenance, and testing after each use cycle per the Scanlan Cleaning and Sterilization Instructions.
Carefully inspect instruments for visible soil, flaws, damage, detergent residue, and contamination.
Functionally test instruments for smooth actuation, cutting, and gripping performance, etc., as intended. Inadequate function may be an indication of improper cleaning or wear.
Visually inspect accessory items such as identification or color coding systems for wear. Color coding systems wear out with use and may need to be removed and replaced.
If necessary, perform reprocessing procedures again until the instruments are clean. Look for residual soil, proper functioning, and damage. If an instrument does not function properly or is damaged, remove it from service and send it to the Scanlan-authorized facility for reconditioning.
REPAIR AND REFURBISHMENT
To ensure your SCANLAN® instrument continues to perform as intended, have it repaired and refurbished by a Scanlan authorized facility.
To send your SCANLAN® instrument in for repair and refurbishment, please ship your product to: Scanlan International, Inc.
c/o Scanlan Group Logistics Center
285 Florida Street
St. Paul, MN 55107
Please make sure all items are DECONTAMINATED and affix a Certificate of Decontamination to the outside of the shipping package in a clear plastic packing list holder. SCANLAN® instrument that has been processed per the Scanlan Cleaning and Sterilization Instructions is considered decontaminated. The latest instructions may be obtained at: www.scanlaninternational.com.
If for whatever reason, the instrument cannot be fully decontaminated, it must be handled in a safe manner to prevent the spread of possible infection. Appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), (e.g. gloves, gown, and face shield), are to be worn. The instrument is to be placed in a leak and puncture proof container and labeled as biohazard. Items must be shipped in accordance with applicable local, national, and international regulations. Contact the Scanlan Customer Service team for assistance.
An instrument should be dipped or sprayed, never soaked, in an antimicrobial, water-soluble instrument lubricant per lubricant label directions. The lubricant forms a thin, protective film over the instrument. The film is both steam- and gas-permeable and does not interfere with sterilization. The lubricant can help prevent soil from bonding to the instrument. This protective lubricant will extend the life of the instrument.
Scanlan’s cleaning and sterilization instructions are validated to international standards. Ensure instruments are clean, inspected, and functioning correctly before sterilizing. Be certain the sterilizer is in proper working order. Instruments should be gently and carefully placed into the sterilizer. Instruments should always be sterilized and stored in an “open” and unlocked position. This increases the life of the instruments, prevents possible breakage, and is recommended by established standards.
MARKING INSTRUMENTS FOR IDENTIFICATION AND STORAGE
Marking instruments has become a standard system to aid in sorting instrument sets and to help identify instruments against possible loss.
Mechanical engravers are not recommended for stainless steel instruments, as they scratch the instrument surface, penetrating the rust-resistant chromium oxide surface and prompting corrosion in the area. In addition, if a mechanical engraver is used on the box lock (hinge) area of an instrument, it can cause small cracks in this crucial area. This can eventually cause a complete break in the box lock, rendering the instrument useless.
If you wish to permanently mark your instruments, using a laser marking system is recommended. This method is safe when accomplished by professional technicians, a service provided by Scanlan International.
Another efficient and completely safe way to mark your instruments is through color coding. The Surg-I-Band® color coding system is used throughout the world. This Scanlan product has been tested to international standards for safe use through normal reprocessing cycles. Inspect color coding for wear or coming loose after each use cycle. Replacing Surg-I-Band® is quick and easy with the use of the Surg-I-Band® Remover, Surg-I-Band® Dispenser, and the Surg-I-Band® Carousel. Refer to the Surg-I-Band® IFU.
PROPER PROTECTION OF INSTRUMENTS
Protect sharp or delicate instruments during sterilization and storage by covering the tips with Tip-Guard™ instrument protectors and by utilizing SCANLAN® sterilization trays. These lightweight containers are designed to hold and protect delicate and “special” instruments during sterilization and storage. When using a sterilization tray, arrange instruments neatly. Larger instruments must never be stacked on smaller, more delicate ones. Never toss instruments into pans or containers.
Note, Scanlan Sterilization Trays are intended to be used with appropriate packaging for sterilization according to one or more of the following applicable standards: ISO 17665-1, ISO 11607-1, and EN 868.
PROPER CARE FOR YOUR CLEANING AND STERILIZATION EQUIPMENT
Dirty or improperly functioning equipment may not effectively clean or sterilize your instrumentation. Follow the equipment manufacturers instructions for periodic preventative maintenance and cleaning.
WRITE AND FOLLOW PROCEDURES
The Scanlan Cleaning and Sterilization Instructions have been validated to international standards as being capable of processing reusable Scanlan surgical products. It remains the responsibility of the processor to ensure that the processing, as actually performed using equipment, materials, and personnel in the processing facility, achieves the desired result. This requires verification and/or validation and routine monitoring of the processes.
Make sure your health care facility has written policies and guidelines for the care of your surgical instrumentation. Providing proper training for all staff handling surgical instruments will make them experts in instrument care and maintenance, and thereby extend the life and quality of your surgical instrument investment.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Following Scanlan’s Cleaning and Sterilization Instructions will help maintain your instruments in excellent working order and provide years of trouble-free service.
SCANLAN INTERNATIONAL, Inc.
U.S. & Canada: 800-328-9458