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How to Clean and Disinfect Medical Equipment?

August 21, 2022 • 6252 views

The availability of medical professionals and healthcare technologies are both essential for effective healthcare delivery. Medical Equipment are an essential part of the healthcare delivery system.  With an advanced medical equipment, healthcare professionals are more efficient delivering high-quality treatment. 

Over the past ten years, the Indian healthcare sector has experienced substantial growth. To better serve patients, the healthcare sector uses a wide range of specialised tools and gadgets in labs, clinics, and hospitals. The healthcare workers may have to spend a lot of time looking for equipment if doctors don't keep track of it. This entails risking the life of your patient simply because the medical supplies you have were unavailable when you needed them. Effective equipment management eventually becomes essential when hospitals must consistently deal with rising costs, understaffing, and increased patient demands.

Healthcare environments are places where pathogens, bacteria, and germs that are dangerous to patients survive and may spread since they are used in high-risk areas. Each device needs a varied level of sterilisation and disinfection since certain devices are directly exposed to patients' bloodstreams or to infectious bacteria. Therefore, the right procedure must be followed to sterilise and/or disinfect medical equipment both before and after usage.

How to Clean and Disinfect Medical Equipment?

The level of sterilisation or disinfection required depends on the environment the equipment/ device is in, what it will be used for, and the materials it is built of. Before any equipment is sterilised or disinfected, it must first be thoroughly cleaned. The degree of sanitation required depends on what the gadget comes into touch with and there are three levels for the same:

Sterilisation of critical care devices

To sterilise is to eradicate all microbiological life. Medical equipment is often sterilised by steaming at high temperatures, however plastic medical equipment can also be sterilised chemically at low temperatures. Most medical equipment that needs to be sterile before use can be bought sterile. After that, due to the increased danger of exposure to pathogens, they must be sterilised before being used on each patient. Anything that comes into contact with sterile bodily tissues and fluids, such as internal organs or the cardiovascular system, is considered a device in this category. Implants, catheters, and surgical supplies fall under this category.

High-Level Disinfectant for Semi-Critical Devices

A "High-level disinfectant" destroys all living organisms except for the very high levels of bacterial spores. Glutaraldehyde, hydrogen peroxide, ortho-phthalaldehyde, or other compounds approved by the Food and Drug Administration are commonly used in high-level disinfection (FDA). These are also capable of serving as trustworthy, powerful disinfectants. Devices should be thoroughly cleaned with sterile water to remove any chemicals after high-level disinfection. The material of which the equipment t is constructed of largely determines which disinfectant should be used. Designing the equipment with cleaning procedures in mind is essential because many plastics may deteriorate when exposed repeatedly to strong chemicals. Semi-critical devices come in contact with non-intact skin or mucous membranes (such as the nose, pharynx, and oesophagus). This group of devices includes endoscopes, respiratory therapy, and anaesthetic breathing circuits.

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Low/Intermediate Level Disinfectant for Non-Critical Devices

A chemical germicide recognised by the EPA as a hospital disinfectant kills some viruses and bacteria when used at low levels of disinfection. Devices in this category only require routine cleaning when visibly soiled (such as after use on each patient or once daily or once weekly). The device should be cleaned and disinfected if it comes in contact with any infected patient. 

These devices carry a lower danger than those in the other categories since they may come into contact with healthy skin. Two categories of non-critical devices are distinguished: “environmental surfaces”, like computers, lab benches, and bed rails, and "patient care" objects like blood pressure cuffs or IV poles.

Medical device and equipment cleaning ensures that harmful compounds are stopped in their tracks before they have a chance to spread, thus protecting patients and caregivers. Caretakers must adhere to OSHA and CDC best practices in addition to the cleaning procedures described in this article to prevent the spread of germs.

Medical Equipment Loan for Hospitals/Doctor/Clinic/Lab

Medical equipment has a variety of duties and goals, but they are all designed to protect and provide care to patients. You may simply finance any equipment of your choice with a Poonawalla Fincorp Medical Equipment Loan, keeping your medical practice modern and thus having an edge over your competitors.

Medical Equipment Loan for hospitals/Doctor/clinic/Lab can be used in a variety of ways, some of them include:

  • To purchase new equipment
  • To purchase furniture for the hospital or other upgrades
  • To upgrade the clinic's hardware
  • To spend money on modern equipment so that top-notch care can be provided
  • The improvement and modernization of operational systems
  • To acquire superior laboratory tools

Why go with a Medical Equipment Loan from Poonawalla Fincorp?

At Poonawalla Fincorp, we have tailored our Medical Equipment Loan programme to meet your demands for modernising and expanding your practice's infrastructure so you can provide top-notch healthcare without straining your cash flow. Since we are aware of your urgent demands, we provide competitively priced, fully transparent loans starting at 1 lakh. 

  • A larger loan of up to 3 crores
  • Structured Repayment Allowed - Enjoy principal moratorium of up to 2 years.
  • Ease of using an online process
  • Affordable interest rates | APR ranging from 9.99% to 11.99%
  • Flexible repayment tenure from 1 year to 7 years
  • No additional fees ensuring complete disclosure
  • Minimal paperwork for a simple process

Take advantage of our minimal documentation requirements, easy eligibility requirements, and convenient features like adjustable payback terms, no prepayment penalties, and end-to-end doorstep service.


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