Our ophthalmic OR is going to be furnished with new surgical instruments. In the past, newly acquired instruments were initially sent through three washing and sterilization cycles before using them on patients for the first time. However, the manufacture
How many initial washing cycles are required primarily depends on the efficiency of your cleaning system and the degree of "contamination". The task is to remove any oil, dust and the like from the instruments' surfaces. So if your existing procedures have so far ensured satisfactory results, we recommend you to stick to them.See also Red Brochure (8th edition), "How to treat brand-new and repaired instruments", page 1.