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This practice covers recommended procedures for the handling of orthopedic implants and instruments. Hospital receiving personnel, central supply personnel, operating room personnel, surgeons, and occasionally other individuals will handle orthopedic implants and instruments. All personnel should be informed of recommended care and handling procedures to prevent damage of orthopedic implants and instruments. Many implants are wrapped in special sterilizable or pre-sterilized packages, envelopes, or other containers. These wrappings should not be removed by the receiving personnel. Perform transport in a manner to preclude any damage or alteration to the received condition of the implant or instrument. Store implants or instruments prior to use in such a manner as to maintain the device?s surface finish or configuration, or both. Maintain orthopedic implants and instruments of different metals separately to avoid the possibility of mixing during surgery. Prior to initial sterilization and promptly following each surgical procedure, thoroughly and carefully clean all instruments and implants. Dispose of orthopedic implants that exhibit surface or configuration damage. Avoid the reimplantation of previously implanted orthopedic implants.
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Significance and Use
1.1 This practice covers recommended procedures for the handling of orthopedic implants and instruments.
1.2 Hospital receiving personnel, central supply personnel, operating room personnel, surgeons, and occasionally other individuals will handle orthopedic implants and instruments. All personnel should be informed of recommended care and handling procedures to prevent damage to orthopedic implants and instruments.
1.3 This practice does not cover producer level handling and packaging procedures.
1.4 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.
1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
ICS Number Code 11.040.30 (Surgical instruments and materials); 11.040.40 (Implants for surgery, prothetics and orthotics)
UNSPSC Code 42320000(Orthopedic surgical implants)