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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.
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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.
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 Number Code 11.040.30 (Surgical instruments and materials)
UNSPSC Code 42291802(Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories)
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ASTM F1744-96(2016), Standard Guide for Care and Handling of Stainless Steel Surgical Instruments, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2016, www.astm.orgBack to Top