Lubrication

Manufacturer instructions should always be followed, and lubrication performed at the appropriate time.

Lubrication

There are certain instruments which manufacturers will recommend are oiled after use (Hand pieces for example) as this will increase the life of the instrument.

Manufacturer instructions should always be followed, and lubrication performed at the appropriate time.

When hinged instruments are found to be stiff, a non-oil based lubricant approved for use on surgical instruments should be used.

Dedicated hand piece cleaning and lubricating equipment may be of value as the lubrication will be more effective and consistent. This will also reduce the risk of contaminating the environment and therefore staff. Manufacturers should be asked to approve the choice of lubricant used.

There are conflicts that lubrication hampers the sterilisation process because they introduce oils into the sterilisation process therefore creating contaminants which may remain in the steriliser chamber.

However it is likely that manufacturers of devices requiring lubrication will have consulted upon this before recommending product to use.

The adherence to changing the reservoir water in a steriliser at least once daily will also reduce the effect.