The law is
extremely stringent, with instrument hygiene. This protection towards
patients, ensures that ALL Practitioners adhere to the strict
code of sterilisation. Transfer of micro-organisms or
infections are not transferred to patients.
Within my surgery,
I have installed 3 separate sinks, within a "Sterilisation
Area", one for scrubbing instruments of initial debris and blood
from the instrument. Another one has been installed for rinsing
all the scrubbed instruments. Also, another sink for hand
the instruments are inserted into an "Ultra Sonic Wave"
cleanser, which removes any further debris that may have been missed
from the manual scrubbing of the instruments. This
"Cycle" will last for 30 minutes, where they are then taken
from this machine, and put back into the rinsing sink and dried
thoroughly, afterwards they are installed into an Autoclave machine,
which will blast them for another 45 minutes, sterilising them completely.
After the total
cycle of the above is completed, (it takes on average around 1 and
half hours of my day to complete each pack of instruments.)
They are then the manually placed into individually sterile packs of
around 5 to 8 instruments. (depending on the procedure that I may
need to do for the day ahead), then stored within a sterile cabinet
for the following day.
As a patient to any
Podiatrist, you are entitled to question the sterilisation process
with the practitioners, to make sure that you are receiving the
correct procedures in connection with "Sterilisation" process.