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Medical-grade washer for improved safety
In its 2003 guidelines and in the 2016 Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends using automated cleaners, such as ultrasonic cleaners or medical grade washers, “to improve cleaning effectiveness and decrease worker exposure to blood.” However, of the two automated options, which is safer and more efficient?
With an ultrasonic, there are many steps involved, such as pre-soaking, scrubbing, and drying the instruments before preparing them to be sterilized. All of these steps involve handling the contaminated instruments, increasing the exposure to blood and body fluids and the risk of sharps injuries.
Alternatively, when using a medical-grade washer such as the HYDRIM G4 and instrument cassettes such as Hu-Friedy’s new IMS Infinity series, all the team needs to do is to inspect, load, unload, and prepare the instruments to be sterilized. A medical-grade washer is the safer and more effective option, decreasing the risk of exposure and injuries.
In addition, a medical-grade washer uses fresh water and cleaning solution for each cycle and some, like the HYDRIM, even have a self-cleaning cycle that can be run periodically. This greatly decreases microbial contamination and scale buildup compared with ultrasonic cleaners, which contain residual contamination from previous runs.
A medical-grade washer is also more time efficient. Medical-grade automated washers such as the HYDRIM were designed as a solution to improve the dental office’s business operations and protect healthcare workers and patients. For example, the HYDRIM C61w G4 fits six full-size instrument management cassettes, allowing an office to clean and dry 120 instruments within only 36 minutes. The HYDRIM L fits ten full-size cassettes, allowing an office to clean and dry 200 instruments in as little as 40 minutes. This time efficiency translates into cost savings, and the equipment pays for itself.
Another benefit of HYDRIM medical-grade washers is that they have the ability to log the practice’s cleaning cycle data. For example, SciCan’s G4 technology’s DataLogger stores all of the cycle data for the lifetime of the unit. This data is automatically loaded onto a USB or can be accessed online at any time. This feature saves the office time by removing the need to manually log cleaning cycles. Moreover, it provides the office the peace of mind of being prepared for any audit.
Adding a medical-grade washer to the office means knowing that patients and staff are safe, that the practice is meeting infection control and prevention recommendations, and that the team is saving time and money. Safety is priceless; a medical-grade washer is a worthy investment for today’s standard of care.
• G4 web portal includes data storage, service logs, and remote access capabilities
• Validated cycles to ensure repeatable washing performance
• Improved serviceability, reliability, and minimal maintenance requirements
• Vivid color touch screen
• Active hot air-drying.
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