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Automated Washer System for Cleaning Cannulated Surgical Instruments

Cannuated surgical instruments are becoming increasingly difficult to clean. The surgical instrument technology that has made operations less invasive with more flexibility – is also making cleaning cannulated surgical instruments harder to disinfect. The latest in automated washer systems for cleaning cannulated surgical instruments is the Tempest Automated Washer that effectively cleans both the inside and outside of cannulated surgical instruments. Available on Vizient GPO Contract #CE2900 (Vizient customers call for contract pricing.

How the Tempest Automated Washer System Works

The Tempest Automated Washer contains baskets fitted with 24 hydro jet ports for cleaning cannulated surgical instruments. The tubes are attached to the instruments and then attached to the ports within the basket. Additional non-cannulated instruments can also be loaded in the baskets for cleaning. Once the baskets are loaded, the instruments are ready for cleaning.

tempest automated washer cleaning inside surgical instrumentsTo start the cleaning process, simply press the start button. As the baskets are lowered the washer hood automatically closes and the cleaning cycle begins. The cleaning baskets are lowered into a tank filled with 120 degree enzymatic water cleaning solution. The ultrasonic transducers are automatically turned on to break up the surface bioburden. Concurrently, the interior of the surgical instruments are seeded with the same enzymatic solution. The solution steeps with the interior of the lumen for 3 minutes, allowing the solution to loosen and eat away any the bioburden microbial particles. After steeping the hydro jets start to scrub the inside of the instruments with scrubbing bubbles; this process is repeated twice more to ensure all the bacteria is removed.washer cleaning cannulated surgical instruments

The tank is drained to remove the discarded bioburden materials. Once the solution is drained, the surgical instruments are rinsed externally and internally with 190 degree water for 2 minutes to achieve thermal disinfection. After the thermal rinse, the instruments are sprayed with a cool ozonated water rinse. Ozone is the world’s most effective bacteria killer and is 3,000 times more effective than chlorine.

When the final rinse is complete, the lid opens automatically. And the carriage and baskets rise for removal. Your surgical instruments have now been cleaned beyond AMII Standards and are ready for sterilization.

Contact Us for the Midbrook Tempest Automated Washer System

Southwest Solutions Group® provides Tempest Automated Washer Systems to all types of healthcare facilities. To learn more about cleaning cannulated surgical instruments, give us a call at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message.


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