The Ortho Europe Guide to liner hygiene.
14th December 2020
Upholding high hygiene levels has never been more important than it is today. With this in mind we have put together a guide for how to keep prosthetic liners clean throughout the year.
As prosthetic liners will be worn by patients every day, they should be treated and cared for like they are part of the patient. This therefore involves daily cleaning and regular disinfecting, helping to ensure liners stay free of any bacteria that may harm the patient or lead to the breakdown of the liner itself.
Liners should be cleaned thoroughly at the end of each day of wear, and disinfected at least once a week.
To clean a prosthetic liner:
- Turn the liner inside out so the gel side of the liner is facing outwards and clean thoroughly with lukewarm water and soap. The soap should be applied using a clean soft cloth or sponge. Do not scrub the liner as this can roughen the surface which may then irritate the skin.
- Rinse all soap residue from the liner
- Dry the gel side with a clean lint-free cloth
- Leave the liner to finish drying on its drying stand with the gel side facing inwards
To disinfect a prosthetic liner:
- Place a small amount of ethyl or isopropyl alcohol on a soft, clean cloth
- Lightly wipe the gel side of the liner and rinse any excess alcohol off with warm water. This process should take at least two minutes
- Place the liner on the drying stand with the gel side facing inwards and leave to fully dry
Following these simple steps will help to maximise the life of a prosthetic liner and keep its user healthier. For any more information on how to keep liners clean please refer to the Alpha Liner Product Manual.
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