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Decontamination Guidance

Effective instrument decontamination is essential to reduce the risk of cross infection between patients and members of the clinical team.

Implementing a dirty-to-clean decontamination process will help ensure the very best level of decontamination and ongoing compliance.

Always refer to the guidance relevant to your sector and geographical location. 

Follow our intuitive decontamination process

for the safety of your patients and staff

1. Post Procedure

Prevent contaminants drying and becoming difficult to remove on re-usable instruments, whilst within the surgery room.

2. Preparation

Now the re-usable instruments have been transferred to the dirty zone in the decontamination area, what next?

3. Cleaning & Disinfection

Critical step: if the instruments are not clean, sterility cannot be achieved.

4. Sterilisation

Using the correct autoclave cycle guarantees the instruments are safe for use.

1.

Post Procedure

Are the instruments used re-usable?

1.1

Use Eschmann recommended wipes to remove cements or bonding agents.

1.2

Place instruments in HFiT cassettes or trays.

1.3

Use an enzymatic foam spray or holding solution to prevent biofilm hardening on surfaces of instruments, if instruments are not being cleaned & disinfected immediately.

1.4

Transport in suitable container to decontamination area.

1.1

Dispose of instruments according to local guidance.

Post Procedure Products

Azo Alcohol Free Cleaning & Disinfectant Wipes Tub (200 wipes)

Azo Universal (formerly AzoMax) alcohol free wipes save time and money by using just one product to clean and disinfect a wide variety of instruments, equipment and hard surfaces.

99.9999% effective against pathogens validated by European standard EN 16615, Azo Universal is the recommended cleaning wipe for all Eschmann equipment.

Also available in a pack of 50 wipes.

Cleaning and disinfectant wipes for a wide variety of instruments, equipment and hard surfaces.

£3.99

£4.79 (inc VAT)

ULTRA P Instrument Cleanser Powder

A patented solution to clean surgical instruments to a molecular level, removing tissue residues, fluids and other pathogenic debris. To be used as a pre-soak in ultrasonic cleaners or for manual cleaning of surgical instruments. This solution is validated for use with the Eschmann ultrasonic cleaner range.

ULTRA P Instrument Cleanser Powder, validated for use with Eschmann ultrasonic cleaners.

£27.00

£32.40 (inc VAT)

Reprozyme CE Enzymatic Instrument Cleanser

Reprozyme CE is non-foaming (designed as a pre-autoclave or automated system cleaner) and non-corrosive (safe on all metals, plastics, rubbers, etc).

For use as a solution in reprocessing machines, ultrasonic baths, manual cleaning and reprocessing of instruments.

Available in 2 litre self-dosing measure bottles.

Multi-enzyme detergent concentrate which dissolves and removes proteinaceous and organic material from the surfaces of instruments and equipment.

£42.00

£50.40 (inc VAT)

Examination Aluminium Tray (14cm x 18cm)

Examination (14cm x 18cm), perforated aluminium trays, suitable for use in vacuum and non-vacuum autoclaves.

Examination trays hold enough instruments for regular check-up procedures and can be assigned to individual patients, without compromising the capacity of the autoclave.

The aluminium trays are available in a range of colours to help practitioners easily identify their instruments and adopt instrument management traceability in accordance with guidance.

Examination (14cm x 18cm), perforated aluminium trays, suitable for use in vacuum and non-vacuum autoclaves.

£11.00

£13.20 (inc VAT)

HFiT-20 Instrument Cassette (Fits 20 instruments)

Hands Free instrument Transfer (HFiT) Plus Cassettes significantly reduce the risk of sharps injury whilst ensuring total cleaning and sterilising efficacy.

HFiT Plus Cassettes are available in 3 sizes and a choice of colours to help practitioners easily identify their instruments and adopt instrument management traceability.

Hands-free transfer of contaminated instruments from chairside > to washer disinfector > to autoclave.

£45.00

£54.00 (inc VAT)

HFiT-10 Instrument Cassette (Fits 10 instruments)

Hands Free instrument Transfer (HFiT) Plus Cassettes significantly reduce the risk of sharps injury whilst ensuring total cleaning and sterilising efficacy.

HFiT Plus Cassettes are available in 3 sizes and a choice of colours to help practitioners easily identify their instruments and adopt instrument management traceability.

Hands-free transfer of contaminated instruments from chairside > to washer disinfector > to autoclave.

£37.00

£44.40 (inc VAT)

HFiT-5 Instrument Cassette (Fits 5 instruments)

Hands Free instrument Transfer (HFiT) Plus Cassettes significantly reduce the risk of sharps injury whilst ensuring total cleaning and sterilising efficacy. 

HFiT Plus Cassettes are available in 3 sizes and a choice of colours to help practitioners easily identify their instruments and adopt instrument management traceability.

Hands-free transfer of contaminated instruments from chairside > to washer disinfector > to autoclave.

£27.00

£32.40 (inc VAT)

2.

Preparation

Effective rinsing of pre-soak solutions at this stage will ensure that there will not be foaming issue within the washer disinfector.

Are the instruments compatible with washer disinfectors or ultrasonic cleaners?

2.1

Rinse instruments of all chemical solutions using reverse osmosis (RO) or freshly distilled water.

2.2

Move to step 3: Cleaning & Disinfection Process.

2.1

Manually clean instruments using correct solutions. Refer to your manual cleaning procedure.

Preparation Products

RO Water System Including UV Light

The reverse osmosis (RO) system from Eschmann is an on demand source of high quality, purified water to use within the practice. The unit produces more water in a shorter time, than can be produced by a conventional water distiller and with its compact size enables it to fit neatly and discretely into any available cupboard space.

Medical grade RO water system providing on-demand reverse osmosis (RO) water for your surgery and decontamination equipment.

Premium Brush (Pack of 3)

Brush suitable for use in the pre-clean and preparation of instruments.

Available in four different types, differentiated by colour:

  • Extra Rigid - Blue 
  • Rigid - Green 
  • Flexible - Yellow 
  • Extra flexible - Red 

Brush with transparent, polyamide fibres.

£42.00

£50.40 (inc VAT)

Fine Brush - Stainless Steel

Autoclavable brush with stainless steel bristles, suitable for fine instrument cleaning. These brushes are ideal for large bore, uniquely shaped, and endoscopic instruments.

Autoclavable brush with stainless steel bristles, suitable for instrument cleaning.

£21.99

£26.39 (inc VAT)

Fine Brush - Nylon Bristles

These brushes are ideal for large bore, uniquely shaped, and endoscopic instruments.

Autoclavable brush with nylon bristles, suitable for fine instrument cleaning.

£21.99

£26.39 (inc VAT)

Reprozyme CE Enzymatic Instrument Cleanser

Reprozyme CE is non-foaming (designed as a pre-autoclave or automated system cleaner) and non-corrosive (safe on all metals, plastics, rubbers, etc).

For use as a solution in reprocessing machines, ultrasonic baths, manual cleaning and reprocessing of instruments.

Available in 2 litre self-dosing measure bottles.

Multi-enzyme detergent concentrate which dissolves and removes proteinaceous and organic material from the surfaces of instruments and equipment.

£42.00

£50.40 (inc VAT)

ULTRA P Instrument Cleanser Powder

A patented solution to clean surgical instruments to a molecular level, removing tissue residues, fluids and other pathogenic debris. To be used as a pre-soak in ultrasonic cleaners or for manual cleaning of surgical instruments. This solution is validated for use with the Eschmann ultrasonic cleaner range.

ULTRA P Instrument Cleanser Powder, validated for use with Eschmann ultrasonic cleaners.

£27.00

£32.40 (inc VAT)

3.

Cleaning & Disinfection

For this next step, it is important that staff have received the appropriate training and are familiar with the instructions for use of the equipment being used.

Are the instruments being processed in a washer disinfector or ultrasonic cleaner?

3.1

Refer to your log book to ensure daily and weekly tests, with validated test devices, have been performed.

3.2

Process instruments in your validated washer disinfector.

3.1

Refer to your log book to ensure daily and weekly tests, with validated test devices, have been performed.

3.2

Process instruments in validated ultrasonic cleaner

3.3

Rinse instruments of all chemical solutions using RO or freshly distilled water.

Inspection Process

3.3 Inspect the instruments using a suitable illuminated magnifier. Check instruments to ensure they are clean, functional and in good condition.

Do the instrument pass or fail the visual inspection?

3.4

Move to step 4: Sterilisation Process.

3.4

If the instrument is still dirty, reprocess the instruments. When using a Washer Disinfector, ensure other instruments are not preventing the spray of water reaching them. If the soiling is extremely attached use Eschmann recommended wipes and re-process again. If the instrument is faulty, dispose of instruments according to local guidance.

Inspection Process

3.4 Inspect the instruments using a suitable illuminated magnifier. Check instruments to ensure they are clean, functional and in good condition.

Do the instruments pass or fail the visual inspection?

3.5

Move to step 4: Sterilisation Process.

3.5

If the instrument is still dirty, reprocess the instruments. When using a Washer Disinfector, ensure other instruments are not preventing the spray of water reaching them. If the soiling is extremely attached use Eschmann recommended wipes and re-process again. If the instrument is faulty, dispose of instruments according to local guidance.

Cleaning & Disinfection Products

PG8581 Underbench Washer Disinfector

The Miele PG 8581 underbench washer disinfector is the most popular large capacity, fully equipped free standing washer disinfector. Cleaning and disinfecting a full load of instruments in one hour, the Miele PG 8581 also comes with a Little Sister autolog for real-time recording of all cycles.

The most popular large capacity, fully equipped, free standing washer disinfector.

Dr Weigert Neodisher MediClean Dental Detergent 5 Litres (blue top)

Validated for use with Miele washer disinfectors, Dr Weigert Neodisher MediClean Dental Detergent provides approximately 90 wash cycles per 5 litre bottle.

Note: Please check the solutions suitable for your washer disinfector to confirm you are ordering the exact same one. Alternatively, please call your local engineer or call our customer support team for advice on what solution your washer disinfector requires.

Validated for use with Miele washer disinfectors.

£45.00

£54.00 (inc VAT)

Dr Weigert Neodisher Z Dental Neutraliser 5 Litres (red top)

Validated for use with Miele washer disinfectors, Dr Weigert Z Dental Neutraliser provides approximately 225 wash cycles per 5 litre bottle.

Note: Please check the solutions suitable for your washer disinfector to confirm you are ordering the exact same one. Alternatively, please call your local engineer or call our customer support team for advice on what solution your washer disinfector requires.

Validated for use with Miele Washer Disinfectors.

£45.00

£54.00 (inc VAT)

Dr Weigert Neodisher MediKlar Rinse Aid 5 Litres (black top)

Dr Weigert MediKlar is a rinse aid validated for use with Miele washer disinfectors. It provides approximately 1250 wash cycles per 5 litre bottle.

Note: Please check the solutions suitable for your washer disinfector to confirm you are ordering the exact same one. Alternatively, please call your local engineer or call our customer support team for advice on what solution your washer disinfector requires.

Validated for use with Miele washer disinfectors.

£89.00

£106.80 (inc VAT)

Log Book for Washer Disinfectors

The log book enables users to record their daily and weekly tests cycles in accordance with HTM 01-05/SDCEP, for washer disinfectors.

Recording of daily and weekly test cycles for washer disinfectors.

£33.00

£39.60 (inc VAT)

Little Sister UltraSONICA 4.5 Litre Ultrasonic Cleaner

Eschmann's Little Sister range of stainless steel, Ultrasonic Cleaners utilise the advanced sweep system technology to provide effective and reliable cleaning of dental and surgical instruments in the shortest possible time.

4.5 Litre ultrasonic cleaner to provide effective and reliable cleaning of dental & surgical instruments.

£679.00

£814.80 (inc VAT)

ULTRA P Instrument Cleanser Powder

A patented solution to clean surgical instruments to a molecular level, removing tissue residues, fluids and other pathogenic debris. To be used as a pre-soak in ultrasonic cleaners or for manual cleaning of surgical instruments. This solution is validated for use with the Eschmann ultrasonic cleaner range.

ULTRA P Instrument Cleanser Powder, validated for use with Eschmann ultrasonic cleaners.

£27.00

£32.40 (inc VAT)

Ultrasonic Cleaning Test Strips x200

The requirement to check your ultrasonic cleaner is working efficiently is a critical part of your testing and validation processes in accordance with HTM01-05/SDCEP.

Ultrasonic cleaning test strips (used with the support base) can be used to monitor ultrasonic cleaners operating at frequencies of 35kHz or higher. This high challenge test allows detection of factors that could affect the outcome of the cleaning process and should be performed as a weekly test.

Validated for use with the Eschmann ultrasonic cleaner range.

Validated for use with Eschmann ultrasonic cleaners.

£58.00

£69.60 (inc VAT)

Essential Protein Test Pen x25

The Essential Protein Test Pens have the ability to detect residual proteins left behind on surfaces and on hard to clean dental and surgical instruments.

  • Unique and unrivalled weekly residual protein test
  • Ensures requirements for HTM 01-05/SDCEP are met
  • Accurate results within 10 seconds
  • No incubation of the protein test pen required

Detects residual proteins left behind on the surfaces and in channels of hard to clean dental instruments.

£70.00

£84.00 (inc VAT)

Azo Universal Alcohol Free Cleaning & Disinfectant Wipes Packet (50 wipes)

Azo Universal (formerly AzoMax) alcohol free wipes save time and money by using just one product to clean and disinfect a wide variety of instruments, equipment and hard surfaces.

99.9999% effective against pathogens validated by European standard EN 16615, Azo Universal is the recommended cleaning wipe for all Eschmann equipment.

Also available in a tub of 200 wipes.

Cleaning and disinfectant wipes for a wide variety of instruments, equipment and hard surfaces.

£1.48

£1.78 (inc VAT)

4.

Sterilisation

For this next step, it is important that staff have received the appropriate training and are familiar with the instructions for use of the equipment being used.

Always refer to instrument manufacturer’s recommended sterilisation process. Note: For dental handpieces please refer to the guidance within HTM01-05 or SDCEP.

Are the instruments either hollow instruments, wrapped/pouched, porous or implant kits?

You should sterilise using a B type Vacuum Autoclave.

4.1

Refer to your log book to ensure daily and weekly tests, with validated test devices, have been performed.

4.2

Process instruments in your validated B type vacuum cycle, and where drying is needed for pouched or porous items, ensure you use the appropriate B type cycle with drying.

You can sterilise using a Non-vacuum 'N' type Cycle on your Autoclave, if all of your instruments are of solid construction without any hollows.

4.1

Refer to your log book to ensure daily and weekly tests, with validated test devices, have been performed.

4.2

Process instruments in your validated non-vacuum 'N' type cycle on your autoclave.

Is the pouch damaged or wet?

4.3

The instruments are not suitable for storage and must be reprocessed. If the pouch is damaged, the instruments will also need to be re-pouched.

4.3

Instruments are ready for immediate use or for storage. Note: pouched items can be stored for up to one year.

Are the instruments dry?

4.3

Instruments are ready for immediate use or can be placed in a suitable sealable pouch for storage. Note: items in pouches can be stored for up to one year.

4.3

The instruments are ready for immediate use only.

Sterilisation Products

Little Sister SES 3020B Vacuum Autoclave

Offers a choice of both ‘N’ and ‘B’ type cycles to accommodate every type of instrument and load.

The 23 litre capacity chamber enables more instruments to be processed at one time, as well as longer instruments (up to 370 mm in length), whilst still being able to fit onto a standard sized work surface.

Vacuum autoclave with a 23 Litre capacity.

Little Sister SES 3000B Vacuum Autoclave

Offers a choice of both ‘N’ and ‘B’ type cycles to accommodate every type of instrument and load.

The 17 litre chamber accommodates 5 x standard trays (28 cm x 18 cm), 10 x examination trays or 10 x HFiT cassettes.

Vacuum autoclave with a 17 Litre capacity.

Little Sister SES 2020N Non-vacuum Autoclave

Fast cycles ensure the Little Sister SES 2020N meets the needs of a busy healthcare facility.

The 17 litre chamber accommodates 5 x standard trays (28 cm x 18 cm), 10 x examination trays or 10 x HFiT cassettes, helping to improve productivity and reduce the strain on your staff.

Non-vacuum autoclave with a 17 Litre capacity.

Little Sister SES 2010 Touchscreen Non-vacuum Autoclave

Includes a colour touchscreen, modernising the unit and bringing it to the same high specification as all of our other autoclaves.

User is able to acknowledge every cycle, ensuring full cycle validation in accordance with guidance. With the addition of the USB port, cycle records can be downloaded at a later date.

Non-vacuum autoclave with a 11 Litre capacity.

RO Water System Including UV Light

The reverse osmosis (RO) system from Eschmann is an on demand source of high quality, purified water to use within the practice. The unit produces more water in a shorter time, than can be produced by a conventional water distiller and with its compact size enables it to fit neatly and discretely into any available cupboard space.

Medical grade RO water system providing on-demand reverse osmosis (RO) water for your surgery and decontamination equipment.

Log Book for B Type Vacuum Autoclaves

The Log Book enables users to record their daily and weekly test cycles in accordance with HTM 01-05/SDCEP, for B type vacuum autoclaves.

Recording of daily and weekly test cycles for B type vacuum autoclaves.

£33.00

£39.60 (inc VAT)

Log Book for N Type Non Vacuum Autoclaves

The Log Book enables users to record their daily and weekly tests cycles in accordance with HTM 01-05/SCDCEP, for N type non-vacuum autoclaves.

Recording of daily and weekly test cycles for N type non-vacuum autoclaves.

£33.00

£39.60 (inc VAT)

Essential Helix Test

The Essential Helix Test is used for the daily steam penetration test of B type vacuum autoclaves and is validated for use in all Eschmann Little Sister vacuum autoclaves.

  • Most accurate, effective and affordable solution to validate your Eschmann Little Sister vacuum autoclave
  • Ensures requirements for HTM 01-05/SDCEP are met
  • Self-adhesive indicator strips for attaching to your log book

Daily testing of B type autoclaves.

£70.00

£84.00 (inc VAT)

Essential TST Indicators

The Essential TST indicator is used to check the conditions for sterility are met for every non-vacuum cycle and is validated for use in all Little Sister N type non-vacuum autoclaves. 

  • Calibrated to 3.5 mins. at 134°C
  • Monitors critical parameters: Time, temperature and steam
  • Easy to interpret - clear and distinct colour change
  • Small and compact design for use in every tray or item
  • Self adhesive indicators for attaching to your log book

Validated for use in all Little Sister N type non-vacuum autoclaves.

£30.00

£36.00 (inc VAT)

Azo Alcohol Free Cleaning & Disinfectant Wipes Tub (200 wipes)

Azo Universal (formerly AzoMax) alcohol free wipes save time and money by using just one product to clean and disinfect a wide variety of instruments, equipment and hard surfaces.

99.9999% effective against pathogens validated by European standard EN 16615, Azo Universal is the recommended cleaning wipe for all Eschmann equipment.

Also available in a pack of 50 wipes.

Cleaning and disinfectant wipes for a wide variety of instruments, equipment and hard surfaces.

£3.99

£4.79 (inc VAT)

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