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Dried debris on Cavitron inserts?

I’ve been a hygienist for almost two years. I carefully wipe my Cavitron inserts (the colored part) with a disinfectant wipe, bag, then sterilize. I remind the assistants to wipe them too. When I inspect the insert before use, there is still a small amount of dried gunk in the small crevices. Are other hygienists experiencing this? This has always worried me!



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Most instructions I have read said to rinse Cavitron inserts in water only to remove debris, let dry, then autoclave. The debris could be from the disinfecting wipes you are using. Instructions state that using alcohol or disinfecting wipes can dry out o-rings and degrade the plastic handle.

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We were taught to only rinse the tip & then autoclave as well.

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Thank you! The inserts are looking much better. I guess I was trained wrong as a sterilization tech back in the day. 🙂

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