Researchers for a long time have expressed concern about how time and temperature might contribute to changes that affect the cleaning and sterilization of instruments. However, there have been few studies examining these claims. A September 2023 study in Biomedical Instrumentation and Technology from the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), titled "Effects of Time, Temperature, and Humidity on Soil Drying on Medical Devices," aims to correct that.
This study presents the effects of time and environmental conditions on contaminated instrumentation from point of use until the cleaning process begins. According to the findings:
Based on the above findings, the authors suggest several best practices for perioperative nursing, including: