most of the Surgical Instruments are made / manufactured out of stainless steel
of appropriate grade, as there are a lot of advantages of doing so. However there
are a lot of wrong perceptions about the word "Stainless Steel." As
a user you must have experienced problems of CORROSION, PITTING, SPOTTING, STAINING
etc.of your Stainless Steel instruments.
Apart from " Technical"
problem occurring sometimes, there are a lot of other reasons due to which the
life of a surgical instrument is reduced substantially.
In order to take better services from the instruments and to ensure that an
instrument remains as good as new even after years of use a little more and proper
care should be taken at the user's end while handling them. We recommend following
simple and easy to implement guidelines to ensure that the instruments last for
a longer period and give you best services. Please check the following instructions
before putting instruments into service.
Autoclave instruments in distilled water / tap water / soft
water, as hard water will leave deposits on the instruments and make joints stiff.
If water softener is used it should be used at recommended level as too much may
with ratchets open or else they may break due to unnecessary stress as they are
Use instruments for the purpose for which they are designed.
instruments gently. Never overstrain drop or misuse them.
Check instruments for damage after use. Clean and decontaminate
all instruments in cold or lukewarm water as soon as possible after use as failure
to do so may result in the instrument becoming stained and the joints stiff.
all instruments are thoroughly dried and lubricated with water-soluble instrument
lubricant before being stored.
Pack and store instruments carefully on a piece of cloth or
towel with the heavier ones lying at the bottom and the lighter ones on top. Instruments
with fine tips should be stored in a case separately.
Autoclave instruments in hard water.
with their ratchets locked.
Misuse the instruments or overstrain their joints and ratchets.
instruments to dry on their own. If it is not possible to clean them immediately
after use then soak them in cold water for as short a period as possible.
"Impact" mark or "etch" instruments as this may lead to failure
of the instrument at a later date.
Use abrasives on the instruments as this will spoil the surface finish and may
later on cause discolouration or rusting.
Store damp instruments. They must be thoroughly dried first.