Cleaning should be performed as soon as possible, in a designated area, using appropriate PPE (personal protection equipment). Quick cleaning removes blood and other body fluids much easier and also minimizes instrument staining, corrosion and/or pitting. Be sure to clean instruments according to the manufacturer's instructions for use (IFU) paying attention to detergent type and dilution, water quality and temperature, brush type and size, etc. CDC Dental discourages manual cleaning (i.e. brush) and recommends use of ultrasonic or washer/disinfector. Inspection - after cleaning, each instrument should be inspected for function and cleanliness (you cannot sterilize an instrument that is not thoroughly cleaned). If the instrument is in need of repair, be sure to set it aside and/or contact a supervisor to review. In addition, be sure to check each instrument for proper function and lubricate as required by the instrument manufacturer's IFU.
Cleaning & Inspection
Remember you can not sterilize a dirty instrument. Watch the following to learn more about proper cleaning and inspection best practices.