PriMera Scientific Surgical Research and Practice (ISSN: 2836-0028)

Research Article

Volume 3 Issue 5

Study of the Corrosive effect of Enzymatic, Multi-Enzymatic, and Sodium Hypochlorite Solutions on Surgical-Grade Stainless Steel Instruments used in the Operating Room Area of the Clinical Hospital

Jhasmmany G Lovera* and Jaime A Rocha

April 26, 2024


Surgical instruments play a fundamental role in the success of surgical procedures. They have traditionally been manufactured from stainless steel due to its corrosion resistance and ease of sterilization. However, exposure to corrosive substances during cleaning and disinfection can affect their integrity over time.

This study investigates the corrosive effect of enzymatic, multi-enzymatic and sodium hypochlorite solutions on surgical grade stainless steel instruments. Samples were immersed in solutions under different concentrations and their breakdown potential was measured. Likewise, tests were carried out using normal ringer's serum as a medium, which is employed according to ISO 10993-15 standard, to evaluate the corrosion resistance of materials used for prostheses.

The results showed that the breakdown potential depends on the concentration of the solution and temperature. Enzymatic and multi-enzymatic solutions do not pose a significant risk if kept within recommended concentrations. However, normal ringer's serum induces corrosion from 8 hours of exposure.

This study provides relevant information for cleaning and maintaining surgical instruments in order to optimize their performance and safety.

Keywords: Surgical instruments; Stainless steel; Corrosion; Enzymatic; Hypochlorite


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