Four reasons to keep robotic instruments moist from OR to CSSD

As complex robotic instruments are becoming more common in the operating room, we need sophisticated cleaning methods and processes in place.

The first stage of the cleaning process should begin in the Operating Room at Point of Use until instruments can be transferred to CSSD.

Soiled robotic instruments that have prolonged periods of time between use in the operating theatre and the decontamination process are more difficult to decontaminate.

1. It is stipulated within the IFU’s (instructions for use) from the robotic device manufacturer, that point of use preparation should begin within the operating room immediately after surgery. 2. The IFU strongly suggests that the instruments are kept moist between OR and CSSD in order to prevent organic soil from drying, Special attention should be paid to the tips of the devices. 3. Pre-soaking with an enzyme based solution not only prevents the soil from drying but also acts as a catalyst to facilitate the start of the cleaning process, thus making the overall decontamination process more efficient. 4. Prolong the life of your delicate, complex robotic instruments by following in detail, the manufacturers IFU: Keeping the instrument moist after use will ensure maximum effectiveness of the instruments functionality.

Medisafe’s Distal Duck Kit is unique and tailored to robotic instruments; designed for robotic surgery, the kit contains 5 x Distal Duck™ tip soakers, which are placed over each tip instrument with a blended formulation that activates at room temperature, to reduce manual cleaning. It also contains a syringe, 100ml of concentrate solution used to flush down the port and a Duck Bag™ humidity pack to keep the whole instruments moist during transport.


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