Posts Tagged ‘Inspecting Surgical Instruments’

Spectrum Surgical Attends IAHCSMM Annual Conference and Expo in San Diego

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

IMS will provide a range of educational opportunities, products and services at the 2013 IACHSMM Annual Conference and Expo, May 5-8 in San Diego, CA for attending Central Service professionals.

Attendees will be presented with valuable hands-on learning experiences from educational panels, instrument care and handling demonstrations and the company’s On-Location Repair Vehicle that will be available for tours. Visit Booth #101 and vehicle display #1.

Instrument University™ Lecture Series

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Rick Schultz’ lecture series provides continuing education credits (CEU’s) for Central Sterile Supply, Operating Room Nurses (RN’s and LPN’s), and Surgical Technicians through IAHCSMM, AORN and CBSPD.

Mr.Schultz announces Instrument University™ scheduled for the following cities:

  • Columbia, SC
  • Newport News, VA
  • Nashville, TN
  • Seattle, WA
  • Columbus, OH
  • Hershey, PA
  • New Orleans, LA

The lecture series provides the necessary skills and best practices to process and inspect surgical instruments.

Download our complimentary guides on How to Test & Inspect needle holders, surgical scissors and more.

Workstation-Mounted Surgical Instrument Inspection Magnifier

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

IMS is pleased to introduce the Workstation-Mounted Surgical Instrument Inspection Magnifier to help technicians examine and inspect surgical instruments.

IMS’s magnifier features a large lens and a 1.75x brightly-illuminated magnification. The magnifier lens also glides easily in and out of position on its workstation-mounted arm for usability.

Please contact us online for more information about our Workstation-Mounted Surgical Instrument Inspection Magnifier.

Instrument Sharpening — Testing Your Surgical Scissor Sharpness

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

After reviewing the points of inspection for your surgical scissors, it’s important to also test the sharpness of your surgical scissors.

Instrument sharpening tests usually take 2 to 3 days to ensure your instrument is performing accurately and precisely.

Test material includes standard latex material, which can also available in latex-free test material.

Purchase your surgical scissor sharpness test material from IMS.

Follow the steps below in order to properly test the sharpness of your surgical 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 IMS’s standard (Red) scissor test material or Non-Latex (Orange) scissor test material.
    For scissors 4 ½’’ and shorter in length, use IMS’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.

For more information and guidance, please review the surgical scissor feature on the IMS Website or feel free to instantly download the surgical scissor guide for free for instrument sharpening tips and more.

Inspecting Surgical Instruments — Surgical Scissors

Monday, November 15th, 2010

When it comes to inspecting your surgical instruments, it’s important to do it properly and thoroughly. Too often surgical instruments aren’t examined correctly, and can lead to additional expenses.

Purchase your surgical scissors by shopping online at IMS.

In order to maintain and care for your surgical scissors, be sure to inspect the following areas:

  • Blunt Tips
  • Sharp Tips
  • Blades
  • Screw/hinge area
  • Rings
  • Scissor action

Inspecting the tips of your surgical scissors is important for how the instrument performs and to if there’s any corrosion and damage.

Learn more information on what areas to look for when inspecting your surgical scissor or instantly download a free surgical scissor inspecting guide.

IMS also offers a free Hemostats & Forceps surgical instrument guide.