CENTRAL MATERIEL SERVICE PROCESSING
a. Cleaning. In the cleanup area, you will remove all parts that have been in
direct contact with the patient. Wash these parts in a suitable detergent and sterilize
them. Wash all accessible surfaces of the equipment that cannot be disassembled as
Use a mild detergent solution.
Start at the top and work downward, cleaning the casters (wheels) last.
Change washing solution as often as necessary.
Avoid getting moisture into electrical element or motor.
Rinse with tap water and dry.
Reassemble the equipment.
Test equipment for normal functioning.
Oil equipment in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
NOTE: Excessive oiling can damage equipment.
Report equipment requiring repairs immediately to the NCOIC of CMS.
b. Disinfecting. If the entire equipment or a portion of it must be surgically
clean and it is heat-sensitive or too large to be placed in available gas or steam
sterilizer, you must chemically disinfect it. The procedures for disinfecting it are:
(1) Submerge small parts in a disinfectant solution and wipe all surfaces of
larger parts thoroughly with a cloth that is well moistened with the disinfectant solution.
(2) Allow the chemical disinfectant to air dry on items. An exception to this
would be all parts used directly on the patient, such as an endotracheal tube. These
must be thoroughly rinsed to remove all traces of the disinfectant solution that could
result in irritation to the skin, mucous membrane, or other tissues.
Remove parts, which are now considered surgically clean, to a clean
Check the parts for wear and other defects. Replace defective parts.