Tips for Proper Care of Your Surgical Instruments

Author: CC

Mar. 17, 2023




Tags: Health & Medical

Proper care and handling are key to the longevity of your surgical instruments. After each procedure, you should follow a set of cleaning procedures. Stainless steel instruments and all other instruments require proper care to maintain their properties.
Although stainless steel instruments are considered to be the best material, you cannot assume that they are completely corrosion resistant. The process of cleaning and sterilizing surgical instruments is complex and has become more difficult due to advances; therefore, these instruments must be handled with care.
Please keep the following tips in mind when handling and cleaning laparoscopic surgical instruments.


Dry instruments

Clean and dry your instruments immediately after use. If they are not rinsed immediately after the procedure, residues can cause staining. It is recommended that you use warm or cold distilled water and solutions with a pH of less than 10 for cleaning, rinsing and disinfection. Dry instruments thoroughly to minimize the risk of corrosion and water damage. For instruments such as forceps and scissors, make sure they are dry in the open position. Store instruments in a dry location.


Correct selection

Instruments should be used only for their intended purpose. Ensure that the proper instrument is used for each procedure. Incorrect use may damage instruments beyond repair or affect their performance, resulting in frustration and delays in the operating room.


Reduce wear and tear

Do not expose instruments to saline or any other harsh solution. Prolonged exposure to salt water can damage the surface of the instrument, which can lead to corrosion and thus shorten its life.
Use softer brushes for manual cleaning. Hard plastic or nylon brushes are most effective for manual cleaning. You should pay special attention to any hard-to-reach areas and moving parts. Using a steel or wire brush may damage the instrument.

Tips for Proper Care of Your Surgical Instruments



Lubricate all instruments that have any metal-to-metal action prior to autoclaving. Use only surgical instrument lubricant. Do not use WD-40, oil or other industrial lubricants. For instruments such as scissors or needle holders, sterilize them in the open position. Do not lock instruments during autoclaving - this will prevent steam from reaching and sterilizing metal-to-metal surfaces.


Ultrasonic Cleaning

Ultrasonic cleaning is one of the most effective cleaning methods. Ultrasonic cleaning is the result of cavitation. Vibrating waves create bubbles in the solution, which grow until they eventually burst, removing the dirt. The recommended exposure time is 5-10 minutes.
Patient safety is critical; therefore, hospital staff must be properly educated and trained to ensure that your surgical instruments are fully functional and sterile for every procedure.

There are a number of basic laparoscopic instruments, mainly including laparoscopic lenses, separating forceps, non-invasive forceps, pneumoperitoneum needles, large grasping forceps, electrocoagulation hooks for laparoscopic applications, bipolar electrocoagulation, ultrasonic knives and disposable cutting closures. Please contact LOOKMED to get more instruments you need.


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