Knives are small and extremely sharp bladed instruments.
Most blades are made of either carbon or stainless (medical grade) steel
Cleaning and Sterilization
Remove gross soiling, blood and organic matter after surgery. Clean the instruments with sterile water (not saline).
Manual cleaning in enzymatic soak solution.
Ultrasonic cleaners – Fine cleaning (hollow and tubular instrument).
Wiped and dried with clean dry sponge before storage.
Care of the personnel handling instruments – aerosolization, splashing of infectious material, injury from sharp objects.
Instruments should be properly arranged in trays.
Sharp instrument tips should be covered with caps.
Instruments with moving parts should be lubricated after cleaning with water soluble lubricant.
Ethylene Oxide gas – good disinfectant
Steam autoclave – Probes, punches, graspers (mechanical instruments)
Arthroscope, light cable – Cidex, Steris (paracetic acid solution) – 30 mins
Use and Maintenance
|Use||Surgical Knives/Scalpels are bladed surgical instruments used to make cuts into the body. This is a very sharp instrument and comes in various sizes for different types of cuts and surgeries.|