Maintenance of Instruments
Although all our instruments are manufactured of highest quality stainless steel which is worked up carefully by skilled and experienced mechanics, a conscientious maintenance of instruments is particularly important in order to guarantee a long life time to all instruments we recommend.
Immediately after every use , instruments must be rinsed in warm water to remove blood, tissues, mucous and body fluids that remains on the instruments.
Ultrasonic cleaning is the most officient way to clean extracting forceps , needle holders, scissors and other types of instruments the cleaning cycle does not exceed 10 minutes.
All instruments must be completely opened and submersed in cleaning solution do not place instruments in the same container if they are made of different metals
After having washed instruments in ultrasonic cleaner , never open or close instruments without first place a drop of “ surgical lubricant” in the open and closure.
If ultrasonic cleaning is not possible , then special care must be taken while washing instruments. Rinse them under running water , making sure all instrument parts are opened so that all residue is washed away. Only use plastic brush with soft bristles.
After the cleaning and rinsing operations, instruments should be carefully dried. Now washed, dried and oiled instruments are ready for sterilization.
Sterilization of Instruments
Cleaning is not alteration of sterilization , all instruments having carefully washed, dried and oiled should be sterilized now. Following precautions are necessary and should be taken into consideration during the sterilization process:
Putt instruments in disposable pouches or sterilization packets and place in those appropriate stainless steel instruments trays which are manufactured for sterilization , sterilize the instruments for about 20 at a temperature 120C(250 F).
Pouch or packet should be wide enough for instruments such as needle holder and hemostats so the instruments can be sterilized in unlocked position. Never lock an instrument during autoclaving ,if locked then it will not sterilized as steam cannot reach the metal to metal surfaces.
Do not overload autoclave chamber , when autoclave is too full , it is possible that proper sterilization has not taken place and do not permit steam penetration.
When different types of instruments are required to be sterilized then place heavy instruments on bottom.
Sensitive instruments such as micro instruments require utmost care. So always keep them on the top.
After the completion of autoclave process, do not open the autoclave door quickly. Now it's the time to run dry cycle.
If you do not run the dry cycle. Then cold room air will rush into the chamber, causing spots and stains on instruments.
In case of dry heat sterilizer , do not let the temperature to be exceeding 180C prolonged exposure to high temperature will cause discoloration . Loss of temper are harding of instruments as well.
Prefer good quality solution to kill specific bacteria and viruses. Also some solution are very corrosive on the Instruments and most take a soak time of 10 hours.
The long soak time and the chemical action can damage the instruments. T ry your best to reduce soak time and Use corrosive inhibitors where recommended.
In a suitable disinfectant solution; place all the contaminated instruments.
Strictly folow the concentration of the solution and reaction time.
Always open hinged instruments.
Do not place instruments on top of one another, it may damage the surface or functional parts of instruments.
Instruments should be placed and positioned in secure position for mechanical cleaning.
Always open hinged instruments.
Strictly folow the concentration of the cleansing agent as mentioned.
Before disinfection; thoroughly clean instruments which are contaminated with amalgam or cement.
After cleaning and disinfection; remove the instruments from the unit and dry them if necessary.