Surgical Instrument Maintenance for Surgical Retractors Inspection Points
Properly inspecting your surgical retractors should be done often and thoroughly. Every surgical instrument has its own points of inspection, like needle holders have different inspection points than surgical scissors.
Below are points of inspection for surgical retractors
- Spring area: inspect for cracks.
- Inspect blades for burrs and dents
- Distal tips: Inspect for bent, broken or chipped prongs.
- Screw: Inspect for cracks on both sides and for blood and baked-on bioburden.
- Release lever: Flick release lever. It should spring back into place and open and close smoothly.
Tips on Inspection and Quality Assurance
- Visually inspect retractor for chipping or flaking of surface.
- Inspect and feel for any dents, bent blades or prongs and burrs.
- If surgical retractor has a screw or spring area, inspect for any cracks.
- If surgical retractor is chrome-plated and finish is flaking, remove instrument from service immediately and replace.
For more information on how to properly inspect your surgical retractors, download IMS’s free guide: How to Inspect Surgical Retractors.