Cart washers are important tools in the overall effort to reduce cross contamination. Often they are used to clean not just surgical case carts, but also basins, instrument trays, wheel chairs and other supply and patient transport equipment. The CartWashCheck™ is the first test designed to challenge the mechanical efficiency of the cart washer. These convenient tests can be quickly and easily adhered to any metal surface with the peel off adhesive that leaves no residue. Place these tests on surfaces furthest from the washer jets or in areas where you suspect coverage is most difficult. The black (hydrophilic) ink will wash away if contacted by water. This demonstrates that water is reaching the area tested and indicates proper mechanical action. Further, to ensure that your washer is achieving your target temperature setting, the CartWashCheck also includes an irreversible thermometer. The thermochromatic (heat sensitive) indicator above the hydrophilic ink will register temperature levels of 120°F, 150°F, and 180°F, documenting the temperature reached during the cycle.
Support DocumentsCart Wash Check IFU 2020-07-28
CartWashCheck Example Policy
Cart Wash Check Log Sheet
Cart Washer Quality Improvement Check List
Article: Proper Use of the Medical Automatic Cart Washer
ANSI/AAMI ST79: 2017 Steam Sterilizaiton and Sterility Assurance in Health Care Facilities
ANSI/AAMI ST90: 2017 Processing health care products-Quality management systems for processing in health care facilities