Maximizing the use of surgical instruments and ensuring many years of productive and satisfactory performance starts with caring for your instruments.
New Instruments - Newly purchased instruments must be cleaned, lubricated and autoclaved immediately before use.
Proper Use - Instruments are designed for a specific purpose and should be used only for that purpose
Water and Stainless Steel - Tap water contains minerals that can cause staining. We recommend the use of distilled water for cleaning, disinfecting, sterilizing and rinsing instruments. Help avoid staining with a cleaning solution with pH near neutral
Manual Cleaning and Soaking - When handling instruments be very careful not to damage their fine tips and mechanisms. If instruments have been exposed to blood, tissue, saline or other foreign matter, you must rinse them in warm (not hot) water before these substances are allowed to dry. After rinsing, immerse them in a cleaning and disinfecting solution.
Ultrasonic Cleaning- is the most effective way to clean most your instruments.
Instrument Inspection - The best time to review the condition of your instruments is after they have been cleaned and lubricated and have cooled off.
Autoclaving & Lubrication -All instruments must be properly cleaned before autoclaving. Their moving parts should be well lubricated. Always sterilize instruments in the open, unlocked position.
Disinfecting or Cold Sterilizing - Prolonged immersion in sterilizing or disinfecting solution can damage your surgical instruments. We recommend that you do not soak your instruments for longer than 20 minutes.
Caution:- Instruments with tungsten carbide inserts should never be immersed in sterilizing solutions containing Benzyl Ammonium Chloride (BAC). BAC will soften and dissolve the tungsten carbide.
Storage of Instruments - Once your instruments are thoroughly dry, store them in a clean, dry environment.
Superior Surgical’s Instrument Care Checklist
1. Rinse and soak soiled instruments immediately after use. Thoroughly clean before autoclaving.
2. Autoclave and sterilize instruments in an open position.
3. Do not stack or entangle instruments.
4. Follow the recommended guidelines made by equipment and solutions manufacturers.
5. Keep instruments properly lubricated.
6. Inspect instruments regularly.