Cleaning/Disinfecting and/or Sterilization
A-Clamps can be cleaned using warm water and detergent, such as Alconox®, mixed in a sonic cleaner. In addition, cold disinfectant solutions, such as Cidex®, can be used to disinfect A-Clamps during a soak. Some solutions, such as bleach, can cause discoloration of the plastic and erosion of the metal rivet.
Whenever possible, as health personnel, be sure to follow medical device cleaning protocols in your facility as well as warning labels on cleaning solutions. This will help to prevent or minimize damage(s) during the process.
After a cleaning/disinfecting procedure, the A-Clamp may be sterilized. Dravon Medical maintains test data related to the autoclave and EtO method of sterilization on file.
Dravon warrants that each clamp is free from defects in material and workmanship. The A-Clamp should only be used to occlude PVC or silicone rubber tubing at operating temperatures above freezing. Please refer to the Directions for Use provided in each case of A-Clamps for additional information. Dravon does not warrant reused clamps.
The A-Clamps will perform at maximum strength when used for the first time. With any plastic device, repeated exposure to heat and chemicals during the cleaning/disinfecting and/or sterilization procedure will cause a loss of clamp strength. You must remain alert for any weakness that may occur if this clamp is reused.