How to Properly Test the Sharpness of Surgical Scissors
It's important to maintain the sharpness of your surgical instruments. Developing a schedule for testing the sharpness of your surgical scissors is a necessary routine for all hospital and veterinary divisions.
Typically instrument sharpening test material contains latex, however, latex-free test material is also available. Purchase your instrument sharpening test material today.
Test Your Scissors:
- Step 1: Using the right thumb and middle (or ring) finger, make sure scissors are held like a surgeon.
For scissors longer than 4 ½’’ use Spectrum’s standard (Red) scissor test material or Non-Latex (Orange) scissor test material.
For scissors 4 ½’’ and shorter in length, use Spectrum’s thin (Yellow) scissor test material.
- Step 2: Cut through material using ½ of blade to cut all the way through to the distal tip.
- Step 3: After several cuts, extract scissors. If scissors do not pinch or grab material, scissors are sharp.
- Step 4: The final test is how the scissors feel. Scissors should open and close smoothly and should not “jump”, grind or feel loose.
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