Biomet is now Zimmer Biomet

Theatre Care Rapide

Decontamination and Sterilisation Processes:

  1. Collection of dirty instrumentation from the operating theatre and returned to the Theatre Care Rapide facility in bespoke trolleys
  2. Confirm receipt of dirty instrumentation and initiate the decontamination and sterilisation processes
  3. Initial decontamination – instruments are placed into Ultrasonic Baths, using sound waves to loosen and remove human proteins 
  4. Disassembly; washing and disinfection of dirty instrumentation utilising the latest technologies - a range of temperatures and detergents are used, removing as many bacteria as possible.  Thermal Disinfection at 90°c. Conforming to BS EN ISO 15883 completes this stage of the process
  5. Post disinfection process inspection of instrumentation and functionality testing in a Class 8 clean room
  6. Identification and management of non-conforming instrumentation to BS EN 13485
  7. Assemble patient-matched instrument kits – as planning instructions dictated by the orthopaedic consultant surgeon
  8. Packaging and labelling of instrumentation in Primeline sterilisation containers 
  9. Sterilisation cycle: Porous Load Sterilisers employing terminal Sterilisation at 134-137°c, BS EN 285:2006 
  10. Safe and secure storage of sterile patient-matched instrumentation in bespoke UN3291 compliant Transport Trolleys
  11. ‘Just-in-time’ delivery of patient-matched instrumentation, direct to the operating theatre department.


Important: Biomet strictly adhere to the policies and procedures framework created by the Department of Health. The framework can be found within the Choices Framework for Policies and Procedures 01-01 (CFPP 01-01); Management and Decontamination of surgical instrumentation.


‘Continuous professional development is maintained through education, training and on-going dialogue with the Institute of Decontamination Sciences (IDSc)’

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