Cleaning and Disinfecting Your MASS™ Medical Storage Scope Cabinets
Proper infection control procedures are a key part of keeping your MASS™ Medical Storage scope cabinets in top condition. When establishing an infection control policy, The Joint Commission recommends taking many factors into account:
- Frequency of opening cabinet doors
- Presence of any visible debris
- Any wet stains, marks or droplets
- Volume and turnover of the cabinet’s contents
- Cleaning consists of the physical removal of dirt, blood, and other organic soil.
- Cabinets should always be cleaned prior to disinfection to avoid compromising the chemical’s effectiveness.
- Begin by dusting, then remove any stubborn deposits with a damp sponge.
- Using a soft cloth, clean with a non-abrasive, neutral liquid detergent at a 10-20% solution. Use a stronger concentration in the presence of excessive dirt.
- Lightly rinse before disinfection, being careful to minimize moisture in the cabinet.
- For stainless steel surfaces, avoid using abrasive cleaning materials such as steel wool, powder products, or synthetic abrasives. In case of stubborn dirt, wipe parallel to the direction of the glazing, using light pressure.
Avoid using bleach for cleaning or disinfecting your cabinet’s surface, as bleach causes permanent damage through oxidation and staining.
- MASS™ Medical Storage recommends using quaternary ammonium compounds for regular disinfecting.
- This low-level disinfectant comes highly recommended for general housekeeping of medical storage cabinets and other non-critical items.
- Quaternary ammonium compounds are bactericidal, fungicidal, and virucidal against lipophilic (enveloped) viruses.
- At hospital-strength concentration, quaternary ammonium compounds can destroy HIV, hepatitis B and C, influenza, parvovirus, and more.
- Ensure maximum effectiveness by adhering to the disinfectant manufacturer’s recommended contact time.
- We recommend using quaternary ammonium compounds for disinfecting the components of your scope cabinet.
- While not suitable for cleaning the surface of your cabinet, bleach can be used on certain components if so desired.
- Drip trays can be processed in or out of the cabinet, although we do recommend removing the tray in order to reach every surface.
- Clean and disinfect the drip tray in the same manner as outlined above, taking care to dry completely before replacing.
- The scope holders (including Secure-A-Scope™) should regularly be cleaned with a mild, non-abrasive detergent and then disinfected with a quaternary ammonium compound or bleach.
- HEPA filters should be replaced every six months. MASS™ Medical Storage’s service team is available for this routine maintenance.
- Parts to remember:
- Door handle
- Nylon door pull (tall cabinets only)
- EUS holder, including the adjustment knob
- Fan activation switch (if present)