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Frequently Asked Questions

Question:

How to evaluate quality of surgical instruments?

Answer:

Raw Material of surgical instruments

  • Raw material of surgical instruments plays vital role in surgical instruments, high quality raw material medical supplies and surgical instruments last longer without losing their shape and functionality. Selection of raw material some depends on the intended function of the tool, e.g. Scissors cannot be manufactured in non-magnet stainless steel being soft.

Surface Finish

  • Surgical instruments surface is polished (matt finished, mirror polished) to prevent rusting and easy cleaning before and after use. When buying new surgical instruments ensure surface and mechanical joints are clean, smooth and free from cracks and porous materials unless specifically required for the functionality of the surgical instruments.

Ergonomically Design

  • Surgical instruments should be easy to use, user-friendly and ergonomically designed.

Smooth Operation

  • Some surgical instruments are made of multi-parts; working of these instruments should be smooth, e.g. bandage scissors should cut smoothly and forceps should grasp smoothly.

Passivation

  • Passivation is a process that prevents rusting; passivated surgical instruments last longer without getting rust. Ask for passivated surgicalinstruments when buying from the medical supply company.


Question:

What are the benefits of buying quality surgical instruments?

Answer:

  • Certified conformity of medical equipment

  • Quality surgical instruments last longer with normal care

  • Quality surgical instruments do not get rusted quickly

  • Reduce repair/replacement cost

  • The surgical instruments holds up over time

  • Pattern Consistency

  • Esthetic feel and better surgical performance during use

  • Smooth Operation

  • Superior finish

  • Quality raw material of surgical instruments

  • No manufacturing defects or flaws


Question:

What are the best practices for sterilization of medical supplies?

Answer:

Use Flash Sterilization Appropriately

  • Flash sterilization should be used only when there is insufficient time to process by the preferred wrapped or container method. Flash sterilization should not be used as a substitute for insufficientsurgical instruments inventory.

Weigh Cost of Instruments vs. Patient Safety

  • Although surgical instruments sets can be a significant cost for facilities, the cost pales in comparison to the detriment associated with declining patient safety and contamination.

Establish Guidelines

  • Define the rules for flash sterilization by your facility and establish appropriate guidelines for everyone to follow. A flash sterilization log for all medical supplies must be used.

If you have to Flash, Do it Right

  • Used closed sterilization containers or the patented Flash-Guard System so medical products are protected from contamination from autoclave to point of use. The Flash-Guard system is easy to use, sterilization is fully validated and instruments can be transported safely within guidelines through non-sterile areas.

Build More Efficient surgical instruments sets

  • Inventory surgical instruments and determine which are used most frequently. Streamlined surgical instruments sets should be built to only include those instruments. The fewer surgical instruments in the set, the less time it takes to process a set. With streamlined surgical instruments sets, money isn't wasted on instruments that are rarely used. Find a medical supply company who can help you save money and time when building an efficient surgical instruments set.


Question:

How to ensure proper inspection of forceps?

Answer:

Surgical instrument care and maintenance is a key area to ensure standards of quality. Look for following key things when inspecting forceps:

  • Visually inspect forceps from one tip the other tip

  • Ensure all forceps teeth are present.

  • Forceps should be inspected for any cracks

  • Ensure the tips of forceps are aligned