The future of washer disinfectors and sterilization is now 

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In healthcare settings, the importance of meticulously cleaning and sterilizing medical instruments cannot be overstated. Traditional manual cleaning methods are not only labor-intensive but also fraught with risks for both staff and patients. Jim Owen from Mocom sheds light on the prevalent yet outdated practice of manually cleaning instruments in many healthcare facilities. “Many practices still engage in manual cleaning,” he notes. “While some have adopted ultrasonic baths, which do automate part of the process, there’s still a significant manual component involved. Instruments must be manually rinsed before and after the bath and dried by hand, which increases the risk of needle stick injuries.”

According to the latest standards outlined in AS-5369:2023, 6.2.3 (c), manual cleaning of reusable medical devices (RMDs), specifically in health care facilities, is to be used only if the RMD’s validated cleaning instructions specifically require it, or as a pretreatment before using a washer-disinfector (WD). The shift towards automated processes, like those provided by washer-disinfectors, is encouraged in 6.2.3 (c) Note 1, due to their ability to offer consistent and replicable cleaning results, thus enhancing safety and efficiency.

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Jim highlights the challenges faced by smaller dental practices, where space constraints may limit the feasibility of installing large washer-disinfectors. He suggests that these practices carefully consider the trade-offs between the cost of such equipment and its benefits.

“Using an automated washer means relying on a validated process that should consistently yield the same results, unlike manual methods where results can vary depending on the thoroughness of the person performing the cleaning,” Jim explains. “Automated machines ensure that instruments are uniformly cleaned, a crucial step before sterilization. If an instrument isn’t clean, it simply cannot be sterilized effectively.”

Mocom offers a range of washer-disinfectors designed to suit different practice sizes. For smaller spaces, their benchtop units provide a quick and effective solution, featuring a unique cycle that includes ultrasonic cleaning and thermal disinfection within just 35 minutes. “The benchtop units are particularly advantageous for their speed and efficiency, which is ideal for practices operating with limited space,” says Jim.

Larger practices might opt for under-bench units, which boast greater capacity and longer cycles, making them suitable for handling high volumes of instruments, including those in cassette systems. These units fully automate the cleaning process, significantly reducing manual labor and the associated risks.

Sterilization

Beyond cleaning, the sterilization phase is equally critical. Mocom offers sterilizers in various sizes, including models with advanced features like color touchscreens and built-in demineralizing filters that allow the use of tap water. “Our top-of-the-line model, the Supreme, even includes a recycling filter, which can significantly reduce water usage, allowing up to 50 sterilization cycles from just five liters of tap water,” Jim adds.

Mocom’s sterilizers are designed with user convenience in mind, featuring a user management system that assigns a PIN code to each operator, ensuring that all cycle data is securely recorded and traceable. “This system not only enhances compliance and safety but also improves efficiency in busy healthcare environments,” he points out.

All Mocom devices come with an industry-leading three-year warranty or 3,000 cycles, ensuring reliability and customer satisfaction. As the healthcare industry continues to evolve, adopting advanced sterilization technology becomes essential for enhancing patient safety and operational efficiency. 

For more information on how Mocom’s solutions can benefit your practice, you can contact them directly or visit their website at https://mocomaustralia.com.au

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