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Laparoscopic Insulation Tester

laparoscopic insulation testerThe IMS Insulation tester (known as unit for the rest of these instructions) checks the integrity of the insulation on laparoscopic instruments. Any instrument that fails the test should be removed from service until repaired.

Prior to using the unit, check to see that the BATT LEVEL indicator light is not on. If the light is on, please replace the battery (9 volt battery is commercially available). Verify that the tester is working properly by touching on the metal ends from one cable to an exposed metal area on one other attachment. The red fail light should come on and an audible “beep” will be produced by the unit.

Rubber or vinyl gloves should be worn when using the tester to minimize the potential for shock as well as becoming part of the testing circuit which would register as a false failure.

The unit may be cleaned using a mild (10% or less) alcohol or ammonia solution.

Feel free to download our instructions manual (PDF) on how to use the Laparoscopic Insulation Tester.

Instructions for Use Manual:

  1. Remove Insulation Tester from carrying case. Then remove the Insulation Tester from the protective sleeve.
  2. After removing the protective sleeve, slide the battery cover down and remove.
  3. Once the battery cover is off of the Insulation Tester, insert the the 9 Volt battery in the back of the unit. Replace the battery cover and protective sleeve.
  4. Test Attachment 1 is used to test the insulation over the shaft of the instrument by running the shaft of the instrument through the hole that is closest in size to the outside diameter of the shaft. The cable on the other end should be attached to the “bovie” or use the alligator clip to attach to a bare metal area on the instrument.
  5. For areas such as the handle where it is not possible to use Test Attachment 1, use the Brush Attachment (Test Attachment 2).
  6. For other areas where it is not possible to use Test Attachment 1 or 2, you should use the “J” hook (Test Attachment 3).

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