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Washer/Sterilizing Units, Surgical Instrument

Definition : Washer/sterilizing units designed for automatic or semiautomatic washing (i.e., eliminating dirt and/or stains), removal of organic debris (e.g., blood, fat, bone), and killing all microorganisms including spore-forming bacteria (unless they are present in very high numbers), providing a high level of disinfection that is nearly sterile for surgical instruments and other critical utensils. These units typically consist of one or two corrosion-resistant chambers containing baskets or trays for the soiled instruments; some can accommodate instrument trays and/or racks. Surgical instrument washers/sterilizing units perform a cycle of operations typically including water prewash, enzyme treatment, detergent wash, heated rinse, steam sterilization (usually using steam from 121 to 140 degrees Celsius [250 to 284 degrees Fahrenheit]), and drying; the process usually includes mechanical removal of contaminants by water jets or previous manual scrubbing. Washer/sterilization units are used in the central supply area of a healthcare facility; their function is frequently replaced by the combined use of a washer/decontamination unit and a dedicated sterilizing unit.

Entry Terms : "Surgical Instrument Washer/Sterilizers" , "Surgical Instrument Sterilizer/Washers"

UMDC code : 21179

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CellPoint Scientific Inc

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CellPoint Scientificis a developer and manufacturer of laboratory equipment used in life science research. CellPoint's products are designed and manufactured in-house with an emphasis on quality, reliability and ease of use.

Goodway Technologies Corp

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Hydrox Labs

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Hydrox Laboratories is a strategic and world-class supplier to some of the leaders in the beauty supply and health care products industries.

Sealed Air Corp

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STERIS Corp

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STERIS is a global leader in infection prevention, contamination control, surgical and critical care technologies, and more.STERIS is the world's pre-eminent infection prevention, decontamination, and surgical and critical care company, with a long list of first-to-market products and industry-leading service innovations and thousands of customers in more than 60 countries. While the corporation was founded as Innovative Medical Technologies in 1985 and renamed STERIS in 1987, our history dates back to 1894 with the founding of American Sterilizer Company, a long-time, global leading innovator of sterilization products.

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