What are enzymes?
Where are enzymes used today?
Use of enzymes in medical device cleaning
Enzymatic detergents are also referenced in multiple industry standards such as AAMI ST79 and the guidelines established by the FDA and the CDC. 6-7
Types of enzymes used in medical detergents
Depending on the type of enzyme used, enzymatic detergents can break down soils under a wide range of temperatures. And, they can also function at different pH levels, from neutral to alkaline conditions.
Added to a detergent, enzymes can enhance cleaning and safety and be used in multiple hospital applications — from the pre-cleaning at “bedside” to automatic washing in a hospital’s sterile processing department.
What’s new with enzymes?
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