The Natural Order of Things or Why Enzymes are our Allies

22 Mar

The Natural Order of Things at Work and at Play

Does your idea of natural order mean being able to nap on a quiet Sunday afternoon, or binge watch a new comedy series that just dropped? Well, those activities certainly do fall into the natural order for time off from work, but that’s not where this blog is going. Instead let’s talk about chaos, disorder. Here's a perfect example, the mess that greets you Monday morning in the SPD.

Work and Disorder

It’s a fundamental law of nature that the natural order of things tends to be disorder. Yup, ask any scientist, they might call it entropy, or even chaos, and it’s the reason why you can’t put toothpaste back into the tube. Consider, all the clean, sterile neatly packed surgical sets sent to the OR get returned tumbled together, frequently with something missing and with dried blood, sticky bodily fluids and even in a protective bubble. In fact some gel-like pre-treatments contain humectants or plasticizers, that can affix the soil to the device and are hard to rinse off, creating more work and retained bioburden.  *Click Here to See for Yourself*


Order to Disorder and Back Again

You work really hard to sort, clean, pack and sterilize your inventory of devices and procedure trays for the OR only to have the processing cycle repeat over and over again. Nonetheless, there’s a magic wand that can be waved to speed up the cycle of soiled to clean, disorder to order, with an excellent surfactant and a cocktail of active enzymes specifically formulated to restore order.

Enzymes and Kids the Cleaning Agents of Chaos

What???   Well, if we think of enzymes like kids, anywhere they go they tend to break things down into disorder. Put a kid in the kitchen with a plate of cookies and soon there’s an open milk jug on the counter, crumbs, and dirty dishes in the sink. Put the right combination of enzymes to work on blood, bioburden, and other scraps of human left on instruments and those complex elements are soon broken down into smaller, simpler parts that rinse right down the drain.

Naptime for Kids and Enzymatic Cleaners

A nap always refers to a short period of sleep that is separate from one's main sleep for the day. Just like kids, enzymes have lots of energy. Nevertheless, when they are over worked even enzymes become less active and need to be refreshed. This is why it is so important to monitor your detergent, change the wash water in your sink or sonic frequently, as too much accumulated soil causes the enzymes to loose activity and effectiveness. Best option is to change the wash water for soak or sonication after each case to ensure that your enzymatic cleaner performs as expected. 


Wrapping it Up

While there’s no way around doing the work to restore order from chaos, Case Medical is here with products and ideas to help make the work easier and quicker. Case Solutions multi-enzymatic cleaners like PentaPrep® pre-treatment or SuperNova® multi-enzymatic detergent are workhorses that can lighten the load of cleaning soiled instruments. Use them at point of use, for soaking, for manual cleaning in decontam, for automated washing, you may not need anything else. Plus, they are designed and validated for the intended use of instrument processing, and U.S. EPA Safer Choice labeled for safety, effectiveness, and environmental preference. Case Medical is a U.S. EPA Safer Choice Partner of the Year.


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Kindest Regards,
Marcia Frieze and the Case Medical team

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