Instruments Care & Handling


Surgical instruments are designed to perform specific functions such as cutting, grasping, clamping, dissecting, probing, retracting, draining, aspirating, suturing. Surgical instruments also are used to facilitate the insertion of surgical implants.



Instruments should not be used for anything other than their intended use.

Some Instruments are made for single use purpose labeled with   Please Do not reuse mentioned labeled instruments.



Implant Surgical Instruments are supplied non-sterile, unless otherwise noted and must be cleaned, lubricated and sterilized prior to use according to the hospital protocol and procedures.


Before use, inspect the instruments for possible damage, wear or non-functioning parts.

Carefully inspect the critical, inaccessible area, joints and all moveable parts.


Suture needles are designed for single-use and should not be reprocessed. follow sharps safety guidelines for point of use disposable.

Damage or defective instruments should not be used of processed.

Inappropriate use of instruments may result in patient injury, damaged or broken instruments.

Proper cleaning, handling, sterilization and standard routine maintenance (such as sharpening, if applicable) will ensure that the instruments perform as intended and will extend their useful life.

Delicate surgical instruments require special handling to prevent damaging the tips. Use caution during cleaning and sterilization.

Do not use dry heat sterilization.

Do not apply excessive stress or strain at joints; misuse will result in misalignment or cracks at the box locks or jaws.



Personnel should follow accepted guidelines as recommended in ANSI/AAMI ST79

Comprehensive guide to steam sterilization and sterility assurance in health care facilities.


Care and handling of re-useable instruments



Keep instruments moist and do not allow blood and/or bodily fluids to dry on the instruments.

Remove gross contaminants with steady stream of lukewarm/cool water (below 110°F/43°C). Rinse each instrument thoroughly. Do not use saline or chlorinated solutions.


Open jaws of hinged instruments for cleaning. Give special attention to joints and serrations. Instruments having more than one part or piece must be disassembled to expose all surfaces to the cleaning process. Retain all parts to facilitate reassembly.


Separate sharps and delicate surgical instruments. Avoid processing instruments of different metallic composition together.

Keep ebonized instruments separate from other stainless steel instruments to avoid scratches to and removal of the ebonized coating.



Rinse instruments thoroughly under warm distilled or de- mineralized water.





If appropriate, disassemble surgical instruments prior to cleaning and sterilization.


Do not soak instruments in hot water, alcohol, disinfectants or antiseptics to avoid coagulation of mucus, blood or other body fluids. Do not exceed two hours soaking in any solution.


Do not use steel wool, wire brushes, pipe cleaners or abrasive detergents to remove soil as these will damage the instrument and lead to corrosion.



To prevent formation of biofilm, cleaning should occur as soon as possible after instrumentation is used.


Choose a cleaning solution appropriate for surgical instruments and follow manufacturer s instructions for use.


The use of neutral pH detergents is recommended to avoid corrosion, pitting and breakage.


Using a small, clean hand- held brush, remove soil from all surfaces of instrument while fully immersed in solution.



For ultrasonic cleaning, follow manufacturer s specifications for water level, concentration levels of cleaning agent and temperature.

Use an ultrasonic cleaner to remove soil from hard to reach surfaces such as grooves, crevices and moving parts after gross soil has been removed.

Open or disassemble instruments as appropriate.

When using mechanical washer, make sure all instruments stay properly in place and do not touch or overlap each other.

Do not allow ebonized instruments to come in contact with each other or other instruments.

Always follow the manufacturer s specifications for automatic washer- sterilizers and use a free- rinsing, low- sudsing detergent with a neutral pH (6.0- 8.5). Due to variations in water quality, the type of detergent and its concentration may require adjustment for optimal cleaning.



Rinse all instruments thoroughly with distilled, pyrogen- free water to remove all traces of debris and cleansing agents. Make sure all internal lumens and ratchets are thoroughly rinsed. Instruments must be thoroughly dried and all residual moisture must be removed before they are stored. Use a soft, absorbent towel/cloth to dry external surfaces. Compressed air may be used to aid the drying process.



The use of a water soluble instrument lubricant that is compatible with the method of sterilization to be used is recommended before instruments are sterilized.


After thoroughly cleaning instruments, proper application of lubricants to all joints and movable mating surfaces will keep them moving freely and aid in protecting surface from mineral deposits.


Proper lubrication is required for all instruments, regardless of surface coatings.


Note that ultrasonic cleaners remove all lubrication; therefore, this maintenance procedure should be done routinely after ultrasonic cleaning and before sterilization.


If following the lubricating procedure, do not rinse after this step.



Products must be returned in unopened packages with manufacturers seals intact to be accepted for replacement or credit unless returned due to a complaint of product defect. Products will not be accepted for replacement if they have been in the possession of the customer for more than 90 Days.