Surgical Instrument Maintenance — Hemostats Inspection
Proper maintenance and thorough inspections of your surgical instruments is important. Every surgical instrument has its own unique points of inspection that should be thoroughly examined in order to insure quality assurance.
Hemostats Inspection Directions
- Visually inspect serrations of jaws and all surfaces.
- Tips of serrated jaws should meet flush and not overlap.
- Teeth of hemostatic tissue forceps should be present, aligned and fit together perfectly.
- Open and close hemostat, checking for stiffness.
- Carefully inspect box lock area for cracks and debris.
- Test ratchet prior to each assembly of tray. To test if ratchet is sprung/in need or adjustment, close ratchet and gently tap rings evenly on hard surface.
Hemostats Points of Inspection include:
- Jaws: inspect serrations for blood or bioburden.
- Box Lock: Inspect for cracks on both sides of hinged area. This is the most common place where blood and baked on bioburden can be found.
- Ratchet: Ratchets should be tested prior to every tray assembly. Test ratchet by engaging ratchet on the “first click” position. Softly tap handles on a flat work surface. If surgical instrument springs open or becomes disengaged, the instrument needs to be repaired. (Note: don’t tap instrument in hand to test.)
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