ASTM F1744 - 96(2008)e1

    Standard Guide for Care and Handling of Stainless Steel Surgical Instruments

    Active Standard ASTM F1744 | Developed by Subcommittee: F04.33

    Book of Standards Volume: 13.01


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    Abstract

    This guide is intended to provide a better understanding of the care of stainless steel surgical instruments intended for reuse. This guide is not intended for use with electrical, pneumatic, or other powered surgical instruments. The stainless steels most used are martensitic and austenitic types. The instruments shall be used only for their intended purpose, such as cutting, holding, clamping, retracting, and so forth. Undue stress or strain should be avoided when handling and cleaning. The guide includes care in particular for hemostatic forceps, needle holders, scissors, microsurgical instruments, instrument kits, and other sharp instruments. The instrument care specified includes cleaning, lubrication, and inspection. Testing, repair and restoration, and sterilization are specified.

    This abstract is a brief summary of the referenced standard. It is informational only and not an official part of the standard; the full text of the standard itself must be referred to for its use and application. ASTM does not give any warranty express or implied or make any representation that the contents of this abstract are accurate, complete or up to date.

    Significance and Use

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide is intended to provide a better understanding of the care of stainless steel surgical instruments intended for reuse. This guide is not intended for use with electrical, pneumatic or other powered surgical instruments.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    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

    F1078 Terminology for Surgical Scissors--Inserted and Non-Inserted Blades

    F1079 Specification for Inserted and Noninserted Surgical Scissors

    F1089 Test Method for Corrosion of Surgical Instruments

    F1325 Specification for Stainless Steel Suture Needle Holders-General Workmanship Requirements and Corresponding Test Methods


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 11.040.30 (Surgical instruments and materials)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 42291802(Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories)


    DOI: 10.1520/F1744-96R08E01

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