Euro-Med® Stainless Steel Instruments
Cleaning & Sterilization Instructions
• U.S. Federal law restricts this device to sale by or on the order of a physician.
• NON-STERILE: Sterilize before use.
Thorough maintenance will ensure proper function of Euro-Med ® instruments for years of
service. It is important to clean and sterilize each instrument according to instructions.
Proper maintenance will extend the life of the instrument. Do not allow this device to come
into contact with harsh chemicals. Handle each instrument carefully. Do not handle in groups
or stack with other instruments.
RECOMMENDED CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS
Always rinse and clean instruments immediately following use. Enzymatic cleaning agents
reduce organic matter and facilitate its removal. Wear protective gloves during the cleaning
procedure. Never use corrosive cleaning agents (i.e. bleach). Neutral pH (7.0) cleaning
agents are recommended (if unknown, check MSDS or check with distributor).
1. Submerge the instrument in an enzymatic detergent. Prepare the detergent according
to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Soak the instrument for ten (10) minutes or as
2. Scrub the submerged instrument with a soft sponge and agitate. Clean lumens and
crevices, using a pipe cleaner / brush or flush with a syringe when appropriate. Actuate
any moving parts to loosen trapped soil.
3. Rinse with distilled water for one (1) minute. Thoroughly flush all lumens, if present,
and other difficult to reach areas. Actuate while rinsing.
4. Dry the instrument thoroughly with a clean, lint-free cloth.
5. Repeat this cleaning procedure if the instrument appears to be soiled after initial
cleaning until there is no sign of soil on the device.
Instruments must be stored dry in a moisture free area. The instruments should be stored
individually in a protective tray with partitions, if possible. Protect with cloth or gauze if
stored in drawers.
RECOMMENDED STEAM AUTOCLAVE STERILIZATION PARAMETERS
• The instrument must be thoroughly cleaned of all foreign matter prior to sterilization.
• Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for operation and loading of steam autoclave.
• There must be direct steam exposure to all surfaces of the instrument being sterilized.
• Autoclave temperatures should not exceed 280 °F (138 °C); pressure should not
exceed 32 psi (2.2 atmospheres).
• Standard cycle of 270 °F (132 °C) for 10 minutes will vary depending on autoclave
model, autoclave size, load size, and load configuration.
Allow longer times for lower temperatures. Allow instruments to cool down from autoclave
to room temperature. Do not immerse in any fluid until the instrument has been allowed
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Preconditioning Pulses: 4
Exposure temperature: 270 °F– 273 °F (132 °C –134 °C)
Exposure time: 4 minutes
Gravity Displacement Cycles
Exposure temperature: 270 °F – 275 °F (132 °C –135 °C)
Exposure time: 15 minutes
Exposure temperature: 250 °F – 253 °F (121 °C –123 °C)
Exposure time: 40 minutes
RECOMMENDED HOSPITAL ETHYLENE OXIDE STERILIZATION PARAMETERS
• Items must be thoroughly cleaned of all foreign matter prior to sterilization.
• Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for operation and loading of sterilizer.
• There must be direct exposure to all surfaces of the instruments being sterilized.
• Instruments should be sterilized in their “open” position.
• Contact of plastic to bare metal should be avoided.
Ethylene Oxide Cycle
125 °F–130 °F (52 °C – 54 °C)
50% RH (pre-humidity)
60 minutes -0/+10 minutes
24” Hg ± 2” Hg (61 cm Hg ± 5 cm Hg)
6 – 8 psig (550-660 mg/L EO)
4 hours minimum
24” Hg 2X ± 2” Hg (61 cm Hg 2X ± 5 cm Hg)
12 -0/+1 hour at 120 °F (49 °C)
NOTE: The particular EO cycle must be validated per the equipment manufacturer’s
requirements. It is recommended that each institution employ procedures, which include
the use of biological indicators in order to determine the effectiveness of the ethylene
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