Monitoring the cleaning of instruments is vital, because if an instrument isn’t clean it can’t be sterilised effectively. Wash checks clearly identify problems with cleaning processes, enabling remedial action to be taken.
25 wash checks
All decontamination equipment should be subjected to validation, testing, maintenance and servicing as recommended by the manufacturer/ supplier. All records of these procedures should be retained for audit/inspection.
In terms of testing schedules for washer-disinfectors and ultrasonic cleaners, manufacturers’ guidance should be sought. Note that the schedules outlined in Chapters 13 and 14 should be followed in the absence of manufacturers’ instructions.
Section 13.3 contains the Periodic Tests section for Washer Disinfectors- the table refers to Cleaning Efficacy tests which should be carried out daily
Section 14.3 contains the Periodic Tests section for Ultrasonic cleaning- the table refers to Cleaning Efficacy tests which should be carried out daily
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