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Podiatry Instrument Care & Cleaning

 

The care and cleaning of your nail clippers and instruments may change depending on the material that they are made from. Always protect the cutting edges of your clippers and if they have a lock plate at the back use it when they are not in use.

Wash or rinse instruments in warm not hot water as soon as possible after procedures to stop blood or debris from drying on them and making the instruments harder to clean.
If scrubbing instruments to clean them do not use a wire brush or harsh scourer as this can damage the resistance of the instrument to corrosion.
Instruments made from different materials should not be processed together (stainless steel, copper, chrome plating, carbon steel).
Ultrasonic cleaning is recommended as the most effective method of  cleaning surgical instruments.
Always run full cleaning cycles so that all residues of detergents and cleaning solutions etc are rinsed from all box joints and hinges.
When autoclaving make sure instruments are in an open position so that metal expansion caused by heat does not cause cracking or damage to instruments.
If carrying nail clippers with other instruments try to stop them from coming into contact causing damage to cutting edges and possibly affecting the corrosion resistance.
When using chemicals always read and stick to the manufacturers recommended dosages.