(4) The use of a washer-sterilizer (see figure 3-5) eliminates hand washing
of items that are not damaged by heat. The procedures for using the washer-sterilizer
(a) Rinse gross soil from each item when necessary.
(b) Sort into like groups prior to cleaning.
Figure 3-5. Front view of washer-sterilizer.
Place sharp-pointed, sharp-edged, and fragile items in a pan for
(d) Operate according to the manufacturer's instructions.
(e) Open the door at the end of the sterilizing cycle.
Allow the instruments to remain until thoroughly dry.
(g) If ultrasonic cleaning unit is available, remove the items
immediately from the washer-sterilizer and put them through the ultrasonic cleaner.
(5) The Ultrasonic cleaner (see figure 3-6) does not sterilize; it cleans by
loosening hidden soil in box locks, hinged or jointed area, crevices, grooves, and other