– primarily used to move tissue and organs aside in order to keep them exposed throughout surgery.
Paper Test for Retractors
Very old surgical instruments’ metal finish can and will flake off. The first indication of this wear is the appearance of the metal surface (see photo below). To determine if a finish is unstable, (which may result in metal particles dropping off into the surgical site), follow the steps below:
1) Put on a pair of examination gloves
2) Hold the instrument above a white piece of paper
3) Aggressively rub the instrument with your gloved hands
4) Examine the piece of paper for metal flakes
5) If there are flakes on the paper, remove the instrument immediately and discontinue use
Points of Inspection
- Distal ends: Inspect for bent blades/prongs
- Release lever: Flick release lever, it should spring back into place and open and close smoothly
- Screw: Inspect for cracks
- Spring area: Inspect for cracks
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