surgical instrument care

  • 5 Quick Tips for Instrument Care & Handling

    Posted on July 5, 2018 by Spectrum Veterinary Instruments

    Your instruments are important to you. You use them every single day on the job.

    Even though instruments are strong and sturdy to do their job and withstand the repeated sterilization process, they are still very fragile and can cost you unnecessary money if they are not handled properly.

    Here are five quick tips to help ensure that your instruments stay in top shape and are ready to perform at the best of their abilities:

    1. Always carefully inspect instruments for cracks, pitting and alignment issues, before placing them back into service.

    2. Be sure to keep all box locks and ratchets in an open positon, during autoclaving and the sterilization process.

    3. Remember to lubricate all moving parts with Spectra-Lube every time the instruments are reprocessed.

    4. Protect small/micro and delicate instruments by placing them in a tray lined with a silicone mat.

    5. Use tip protectors to protect sharp edges and delicate points on instruments, such as osteotomes, gauges and chisels.

    We hope these tips are very useful to you and your practice. If you have any further questions about proper care and handling, maintenance and repair, or our reprocessing products, feel free to reach out to one of our Customer Care Representatives at 1-844-540-9810.


    Posted in: Veterinary Instrument
    Tagged: surgical instrument care

  • 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
    Tagged: surgical instrument care

  • 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, surgical instrument care, instrument rust, instrument stain, pencil eraser test

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