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Enzymatic solutions are cleaning agents used to breakdown bioburden like stains, tissue, soil, fats and mucous from surgical instruments so they can be easily cleaned and decontaminated later on.
There are different types of enzymatic solutions. They are named based on the materials they breakdown.
Enzymatic solutions can be used to remove mucous, feces and protein from endoscope immediately after the surgical procedure and right at patient’s bedside
Enzymes are non-toxic and completely biodegradable
Enzymatic solutions for cleaning surgical instruments work more effectively within the temperatures of 100 degrees F and 140 degrees F
Enzymes may be mixed with surfactants (surface active agents) to increase its effectiveness.
The surfactants help in lowering the surface tension of the water to facilitate the accessibility and breakdown of soil on the instruments