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This specification covers general workmanship requirements of spring-action, surgical tissue, dressing, or pick-up forceps (thumb type) for use in the retraction, grasping, or dissection of tissue during surgical procedures. However, this specification does not cover delicate tissue forceps such as employed in microsurgery or neurosurgery. The forceps and all component parts shall be manufactured from Class 4 martensitic stainless steel (heat treated), while modified working ends may be manufactured from stellite, tungsten carbide, or other suitable material. The forcep halves shall be symmetrical, with the teeth well formed, uniform in depth and spacing, and mesh without binding, and the surfaces uniformly finished and free of burrs, sharp edges, cracks, coarse marks, and processing materials. In addition, the forceps shall have handle serrations that are uniform in depth and spacing. Tests for hardness and corrosion resistance shall be performed and shall conform to the requirements specified.
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1.1 This specification covers general workmanship aspects of spring-action, tissue, dressing, or pick-up forceps (thumb-type) intended for the retraction, grasping, or dissection of tissue during surgical procedures.
1.2 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
E18 Test Methods for Rockwell Hardness of Metallic Materials
E92 Test Method for Vickers Hardness of Metallic Materials
E140 Hardness Conversion Tables for Metals Relationship Among Brinell Hardness, Vickers Hardness, Rockwell Hardness, Superficial Hardness, Knoop Hardness, and Scleroscope Hardness
F899 Specification for Wrought Stainless Steels for Surgical Instruments
F921 Terminology Relating to Hemostatic Forceps
F1026 Specification for General Workmanship and Performance Measurements of Hemostatic Forceps
F1089 Test Method for Corrosion of Surgical Instruments
F1638 Terminology for Surgical Tissue/Dressing/Pick-Up Forceps (Thumb-Type)
ICS Number Code 11.040.30 (Surgical instruments and materials)
UNSPSC Code 42291802(Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories)