Needle Holder Inspection Directions
When it comes to inspecting your surgical instruments, it’s important to do it properly and thoroughly. Too often surgical instruments are not assessed or inspected correctly.
Below are needle holder points of inspection to follow in order to ensure quality assurance.
- Visually inspect jaws for signs such as partial smoothness or inconsistent wear. If worn schedule for repair.
- Hold needle holder to a light source and close jaws all the way. If you can see light between the jaws, this needle holder is in need of repair.
- Inspect jaws and box locks for cracks.
- Check jaws for burrs.
- The shanks of the instrument should be straight.
- Check ratchet to see if jaws stay closed on last ratchet. Test ratchet by opening and closing. With needle holder ratchets closed completely all edges should meet evenly.
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The next step is to examine the following parts of a needle holder instrument for sharpening or replacement.
- Jaws: Inspect serrations for wear, cracked or missing inserts, and worn or chipped edges. Inspect jaws for dark colored bioburden and stains. If the needle holder has smooth jaws, close the ratchets all the way and the hold needle holder up to light. If you can see light between the jaw tips, this needle holder is in need of repair.
- Neck: Inspect for cracks.
- Box Lock: Inspect for cracks on both sides. Also inspect for blood and baked on bioburden.
- Shanks: Should be straight.
- Ratchet: Test ratchet by opening and closing. This action should be precise and smooth. With needle holder ratchets closed completely, all edges should meet evenly.
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