| General Instructions
Treatment of brand new Instruments
instruments must be cleaned before the first sterilization or use.
Protective caps and protective films must be removed completely, for
example in the case of chisels, raspatories or microsurgical
Cleaning-Disinfection-Sterilization of motor systems and handpieces
Rigel Industries motor systems and the handpieces require maintenance and are renowned
worldwide for their reliability. Premature wear and malfunctions can be
avoided by following the instructions for care listed below and the
lubrificating instructions for the handpieces in the respective
instructions for use. If the devices need repair or maintenance after
all, please contact your local Rigel Industries representative.
- For machine cleaning, place instrument in a wire basket suitable for
the cleaning process (make sure cleaning solution and rinse water from
maschine comes into contact with all parts of instrument).
- Completely dismantle any dismantable instruments.
- Preferably dry disposal.
- For wet disposal, use an active cleaning disinfectant. Rinse the
instrument thoroughly with clear, flowing water before machine cleaning
- If necessary, treat with ultrasound according to the manufacture's instructions:
- for effective mechanical support during manual cleaning
- for pre-treatment of instruments with dried-on grime before machine cleaning
- Microsurgical instruments and instruments with fine working ends should not be treated
with ultrsound. They should be cleaned either manually or in the washing machine. In case
of cleaning in a machine please use a suitable storage rack.
- Clean manually or in a machine. Follow manufacturer's instructions.
- Place instrument into a suitable disinfectant with active cleaning
properties so that all surfaces, inner cavities, lumens and openings
come into contact with the solution. Follow the disinfectant
- After chemical disinfection, always rinse thoroughly with clear,
flowing water. Follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer of
- Remove any dirt still clinging to the instrument with a soft synthetic brush. Do not use a scouring or metal brush.
- Clean any lumens and conduits with soft, round, synthetic brushes.
Please note, the lumen and the brush must have the same diameter.
- Final rinsing to be done with distilled or deionized water.
- Dry instrument with an absorbent, soft and lint-free cloth.
- Dry lumens and conduits with compressed air.
- Select the program according to the material (e.g. stainless
instrument steel, aluminium) of the instrument to be cleaned. Follow the
machine manufacturer's instructions.
- Final rinsing to be done with deionized water.
- Leave sufficient time for drying.
- Remove the instrument from the machine immediately after the program is done.
- Let instrument cool down to room temperature.
- Lubricate movable parts (e.g. joints and ends) slightly with special
sterilization-capable, vapor-permeable lubricant (e.g. STERILIT oil
spray JG 600 or Lubricant JG 598, physiologically safe according to DAB
and § 31 LMBG).
- After each cleaning, disinfection process, check the instrument to
make sure it is clean, it functions properly and it has not suffered any
damage, e.g. bent, broken, factured or worn parts.
- Discard any damaged and defective instruments and replace.
- Place instruments with the fine working end and/or microsurgery instruments in a suitable storage racks.
- Secure instruments with lock in the first detent.
Steam sterilization must be carried out according to a validated stream
sterilization process (e.g. with a sterilizer meeting the specifications
of EN 285 and validate according to EN 554). When using the fractionnal
vacuum method, use the 134°C/2-bar program for sterilization with a
minimum hold time of 5 minutes.