To protect valuable medical equipment its best to use tip protectors, scopes and forceps from being damaged. Many times the damage to an instrument from not using tip protectors is not repairable, This is why you will have to replace the medical instruments. There’s 2 different types of vent protectors vented (with holes) and non-vented (without holes). most indivuals prefer to use vented tip protectors because they are safer to use and easier to remove from the medical instrument, This method also minimizes finger punctures. Also the use of the vented tip protectors it also improves exposure of the sterilant to the devices surface.
Places to use tip protectors: -Tips of pointed scissors -Tips of sharp instruments -Skin hooks -Distal tip on rigid scopes -Cutting edges of osteotomes Surgical Instrument Protection Cases: There are multiple benefits for having sterilization/metal cases for specific instruments: -Keeps all your surgery equipment organized -Reduces the opportunity for misplacing a certain sized instrument -Protects the cutting edges of the instruments -Reduces the number of times the instruments have to be sharpened -Gives an organized fashion in the sterile field
Surgical Instrument Marking Tape Application 1)Clean fingers with rubbing alcohol to remove dirt, grease and oil 2)Wipe tape site with alcohol to get rid of any lubricant 3)Tape length should be only 1 – 1 times around and applied with firm tension 4)After tape is applied on the autoclave instruments. The heat will assist with the bonding of the tape. 5)Remeber to tape up your shanks of all surgical instruments, but avoid instruments rings. It wont be a big deal if you wrap your tape two times around the closing of the tips of scissors.
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A surgical instruments article is by Mike T.