Inspecting Surgical Instruments
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Testing Needle Holders for Rust vs. Stain Instructions

Rust vs. Stains

Instrument stains can be removed, whereas rust will leave permanent damage on your needle holders and other surgical instruments. In order to determine if a brown/orange discoloration is a stain or rust, use the eraser test.

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Trouble Shooting Stain Guide

Below is a list of the different potential discoloration variations on your surgical instruments.


Proper Stain Removal

To remove localized staining, dip a moistened cleaning brush in Spectra-Scrub® and brush the stain away. Use tap water or distilled water to rinse, then dry with a towel.

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