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Surgical Instrument Care — Paper Test for Surgical Retractors

Surgical instruments with metal finishing will flake over time.

To determine if a finish is unstable follow the steps below:

  1. Put on a pair of examination gloves.
  2. Hold the surgical retractor above a piece of white paper.
  3. Rub the instrument with your gloved hand.
  4. If flakes appear on the paper, remove the instrument from service immediately.

Download your free surgical retractors guide for more tips on testing your surgical instrument.

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