Recommended Cleaning, Sterilization and

Recommended Cleaning, Sterilization and
Recommended Cleaning, Sterilization and Maintenance of Hygenic Instruments
Dental Dam Clamps / Dental Dam Forceps / Dental Dam Punch / Dental Dam Frame (Plastic and Metal)
CAUTION – INTENDED FOR PROFESSIONAL DENTAL
USE ONLY. Dental Dam Clamps, Forceps, and Frames
are classified as Critical or Semi-critical instruments by the
American Dental Association with reference to the Centers
for Disease Control classification system due to contact
with the bloodstream, normally sterile tissue, mucous membranes, or the skin. Inspect, clean and sterilize these instruments before each use, or replace them when they become
distorted, worn or cracked.
Presoak/Holding
Rinse and clean immediately following the procedure. If
products cannot be cleaned immediately, soak instruments
in a neutral pH cleaning solution like BioSonic UC30, UC31
or UC32.
Cleaning
Always wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment
(PPE) while handling used dental equipment. It is important that all blood, dried body fluids and tissues be removed
from the instruments prior to sterilization.
Rinsing – Immediately after use, rinse organic materials
off instruments under warm running water. The purpose of
this step is to remove most blood, fluids and tissue from the
instrument.
Ultrasonic Cleaning (recommended): Follow ultrasonic
cleaner manufacturer’s instructions. Rinse and remove excess material prior to ultrasonic cleaning. Use a pH neutral,
general purpose cleaning solution such as, but not limited to
BioSonic UC30, UC31 or UC32. All instruments should be
completely submerged in the cleaner bath. Hinged instruments should be cleaned in the open position. For cleaning
times, follow the instructions listed on the cleaning solutions
label. Ultrasonic cleaning solutions should be changed at
least daily and more often if the solution in the tank becomes visibly dirty. Rinse cleaning agents from instruments.
Inspect to see that all debris has been removed from instrument. Repeat if necessary. Allow instrument to dry.
Autoclave:
Follow autoclave manufacturer’s instructions and ensure
that maximum load is not exceeded. Lubricate hinged instruments with a non-silicone water soluble surgical lubricant. Disposable sterilization pouches are recommended.
For Dental Dam Clamps, Forceps and Punches, steam
sterilize for 15 minutes at 130ºC / 266ºF in a gravity autoclave or 134ºC / 273ºF for 4 minutes in a pre-vacuum sterilizer. Do not heat metal based instruments above 177ºC /
350ºF. For all Dam Frames, steam sterilize for 20 minutes
at 121ºC / 250ºF. Do not heat above 125ºC / 257ºF or the
plastic dam frames will warp. Allow instrument to dry. Make
sure instruments are dry before storing.
Trouble shooting
Stains on Instruments - From time to time, instruments discolor during the cleaning process. Oftentimes this is misinterpreted as rust. Black stains are indicative that the pH
of the cleaning solution was too low (acidic). Brown stains
are indicative that the pH of the cleaning solution was too
high (basic). Proper rinsing and drying of the instruments
prior to autoclaving should eliminate any chance of staining. Dissimilar metals should be cleaned and autoclaved
separately as cleaning or autoclaving together can cause
galvanic staining where the two instruments were touching.
For most tabletop autoclaves, the door must be cracked
about ¼ inch at the end of the cycle to allow the instruments
to efficiently dry. If the door is opened too much, cold air will
rush in and cause condensation on the instruments. This
can lead to water stains or wet packs.
Chemical / Cold Sterilization is not recommended for
Hygenic Dental Dam instruments like clamps, forceps
and punches as the 6 to 10 hour immersion times can
cause corrosion and dulling of the punch and premature failure of the clamp and forceps. Additionally,
soaking dam clamps in bleach can cause premature
failure of the clamps.
Coltène/Whaledent Inc.
235 Ascot Parkway
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223 / USA
Tel. USA & Canada + 1 800 221 3046
+ 1 330 916 8800
Fax +1 330 916 7077
info@coltenewhaledent.com
Coltène/Whaledent AG
Feldwiesenstrasse 20
9450 Altstätten / Switzerland
Tel. +41 (0)71 757 53 00
Fax +41 (0)71 757 53 01
info@coltenewhaledent.ch
Coltène/Whaledent GmbH + Co. KG
Raiffeisenstrasse 30
89129 Langenau / Germany
Tel. +49 (0)7345 805 0
Fax +49 (0)7345 805 201
info@coltenewhaledent.de
P/N 30576A
Manual Cleaning: Use a stiff nylon cleaning brush to carefully scrub instrument. Use of a stainless steel wire brush or
steel wool will damage the instruments. Use a pH neutral
cleaning solution such as, but not limited to BioSonic UC30,
UC31 or UC32. Rinse cleaning agents from instruments.
Inspect to see that all debris has been removed from instrument. Repeat if necessary. Allow instrument to dry.
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