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Decontamination and sterilisation 

Decontamination and sterilisation
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Decontamination and sterilisation
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10.1093/med/9780199239641.003.0013
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date: 27 July 2021

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Instrument management 252

Decontamination refers to the pre-sterilisation process of reusable surgical and anaesthetic instruments which may be performed manually or by machine or, more usually, both. Used instruments are inspected for visible soil and may be manually brushed or washed. Delicate instruments and those with lumens may be decontaminated in an ultrasonic washer. Most instruments are washed in the washer/decontaminator machine which works much like a dishwasher which would take approximately 1 hour. The purpose of decontamination is to make the instruments safe for the packing staff to handle during the packing process....

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