Medical Enzyme Detergent Cleaners
Enzyme cleaners for medical instruments are proteins produced by all living organisms that act as catalysts to speed up chemical reactions that would otherwise occur at a much slower rate or not at all. Catalysts are not used up in the reaction so they are available to help multiple reactions. Enzymes fit their target substrates like a lock fits a key. The active site of the enzyme is open only to specific target substances with a matching chemical and 3-dimensional shape. If the substrate doesn't fit, it can't enter and no reaction occurs. This makes the action of surgical instrument cleaning enzymes highly specific for the types off surgical contamination they are able to breakdown.
Surgical instrument cleaning enzyme detergents can be reused. Like other types of catalysts, an enzyme can complete its chemical reaction without being used up or destroyed, leaving the enzyme protein available for yet another reaction. This means that one enzyme protein molecule can act on many molecules of surgical contamination. Eventually, all the surgical contamination has been broken down the enzyme stops working.
Medical enzyme cleaners are named after the materials they can act upon, for example, proteases break down protein based stains, lipase enzymes break down lipid (fat) based stains and amylases break down starches and other carbohydrate based stains. Since one enzyme molecule can act on many substrate (i.e., soil) molecules, a small amount of enzyme detergent can provide a significant cleaning benefit.
Are surgical instrument cleaning enzyme detergents safe?
Enzymes are proteins, therefore, they are biodegradable. They are non-toxic to plants and animals in the environment. They are harmless if accidentally ingested by a child. However, like many other proteins, enzymes can cause respiratory allergy in some people if they are breathed in at high concentrations, for long periods of time. This can represent a health risk issue for people that work with enzymes. Enzyme should not be sprayed due to the aerosols. Enzyme cleaners should be applied in a liquid or foam application to prevent aerosols.
What's a surgical instrument cleaning enzyme detergent respiratory allergy? Frequent inhalation of surgical instrument cleaning enzymes at high concentrations over a long period of time can lead to respiratory allergy among some people. Surgical instrument cleaning enzyme detergents in the workplace for cleaning instruments prior to sterilization. Enzymes should never be sprayed due to the aerosols. Enzyme cleaners should be applied as a liquid or foam. Steps to avoid the health risk to employees can be achieved by reducing the amount of airborne surgical instrument cleaning enzymes in the workplace. Minimize creating enzyme aerosols when cleaning instruments prior to sterilization. Use surgical instrument cleaning enzymes in a liquid or foam state to avoid creating aerosols. When surgical instrument cleaning enzymes are used with ultrasonic cleaning always keep the tank lid closed. Perform the receiving and handling of surgical instrument cleaning enzyme products closed containers. Always have the surgical instrument cleaning enzyme product MSDS available at the point of use. Provide ventilation to avoid excessive exposure to potential surgical instrument cleaning enzyme aerosols. The ONEcleaner medical enzyme soaking detergent cleaners are used as a liquid or foam. The foam product is called the easyFOAM-it.