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Surgical Instrument — Lubrication

One of the easiest, yet most effective ways to keep instruments in excellent condition is to lubricate them after every cleaning. Proper lubrication keeps the moving parts of instruments from rubbing and scraping, thus preventing dulling and strain to joints and hinges. Moving parts on instruments, such as joints, box locks, ratchets, and screw joints, should be lubricated regularly. Before autoclaving, lubricate all instruments that have moving parts. Only use water-based surgical lubricants because they are steam penetrable.

TIP: It is not recommended to use a lubricant bath because the container of the lubricant solution may contain certain bacteria from previous instruments dipped into this bath. A lubricant spray is advised. Sprays are safer, cost less, and take up less counter space


For more surgical instrument information, please call a customer care representative at (800)783-9251 or contact us via email.