How do you validate your instrument manual cleaning procedure?
Ensuring your instruments are clean and free of contaminants before sterilisation is vital to the decontamination cycle.
If an instrument is not clean, it cannot be sterilised. Any debris will prevent steam contacting the surface so even if your steriliser passes the process, the load will not be sterile.
To comply with essential requirements, as per HTM 01-05 you must have a validated method of cleaning your instruments before sterilisation whether you manual clean, use an ultrasonic cleaner or a washer disinfector.