Author Archives: Spectrum Veterinary Instruments

  • ABCs of Instrument Care

    Posted on June 26, 2017 by Spectrum Veterinary Instruments

    Do you know the fundamentals of surgical instrument care?

    Proper instrument care can protect your investment and facilitate better surgical technique.

    Download of free guide, and use these tips to clean up your approach.

    We also offer veterinary surgical instrument and device repair services, learn more.

    Posted in: Cleaning Surgical Instruments

  • Take a Closer Look at the Different Surgical Instrument Handles and What Differentiates Each

    Posted on May 23, 2017 by Spectrum Veterinary Instruments

    Ever wonder what the colored handles mean on surgical instruments?

    Watch our brief overview video explaining the four different handles and the properties that set each of them apart.

    The four types of handles reviewed include:

    1. German Stainless
    2. Gold Tungsten Carbide
    3. High Gold Tungsten Carbide
    4. Black Super Cut

    All four types include our Lifetime Warranty on repairs.

    Posted in: Surgical Instrument Care
    Tagged: surgical instrument handles

  • Clipper Blade Sharpening

    Posted on November 15, 2016 by Spectrum Veterinary Instruments

    IMS Animal Heath provides repair services for a wide range of veterinary instruments and surgical devices, including; thumb forceps, rongeurs, hemostats, needle holders, scissors, osteotomes, gouges and elevators, and clipper blades and clipper motors.

    One question we frequently encounter is when a customer should or shouldn’t send in their clipper blades for sharpening.

    If the metal ridge on your clipper blade is flat and worn down, the blade cannot be re-sharpened. If the metal ridge is present, we are able to re-sharpen your clipper blade.

    Below is a visual guide to show you when a clipper blade has become life worn:

    clipper blade sharpening

    If your clipper blade is capable of being re-sharpened, we will sharpen your blade and send it back to you within 1-15 business days. Make sure to follow the proper procedure when sending in your blade to be sharpened; as of August 15th 2016, we have put a policy change into place that has modified our repair forms, which are necessary to process your repair. In addition to the information you already provide such as the model number and reported problem, you are required to specifically acknowledge that the device has been cleaned and decontaminated in accordance with all federal, state and local laws and regulations.

    When sending in your clipper blade to be sharpened, we ask that you wrap them in bubble wrap, newspaper, or paper towel to make sure that the teeth do not get broken during shipping.

    For more Animal Health Division repair information, please call our National Repair center at 844-540-9810 or email us.


    Posted in: Veterinary Instrument Repair Services
    Tagged: clipper blade sharpening

  • Is it Rust or Stain on Your Surgical Instrument?

    Posted on October 31, 2016 by Spectrum Veterinary Instruments

    Proper care and handling of surgical instruments is a key factor to saving your investment. Without the proper care, stains and rusting can occur on Stainless Steel Instrumentation

    Both rust and stain appears on instruments in a brown-orange color, often making it difficult for users to distinguish the two apart. While both may appear to be similar, understanding when a mark is rust or a stain is important in order to properly clean affected tools and make them ready for use again. Knowing how to test whether a mark is rust or a stain on your utensils will save you time and money and will ensure that your tools are treated properly.

    The next time you see a brown-orange color appear on an instrument, follow this tip on how to tell if it’s rust or a stain: use a standard pencil eraser to determine the source of discoloration. Rub the eraser into the mark, and take note of what happens next.

    If the discoloration is removed and the metal underneath shines with a smooth and clean look, the mark is only a stain. If a pit mark appears under the discoloration, then the mark is corrosion and/or rust.

    No matter if there is rust or stain on your instruments, IMS Animal Health offers a wide variety of products intended to help remove and clean marks, including Spectra-Scrub Stain Remover, Stain/Rust Remover Pads, and Spectra-Wipes.

    Keep your utensils bright, clean, and shiny for a long life of use by properly treating rusted and stained instruments. For more information on keeping your utensils clean, contact IMS Animal Health or call 844-540-9810.

    Posted in: Surgical Instrument Care
    Tagged: veterinary surgical instruments, surgical instrument stain, surgical instrument rust

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