This depends on how sterile your protocol requires them to be. First rinse in pH neutral distilled water and remove blood and debris. Use a fresh neutral pH solvent and then a soft brush for the tough cleaning. If you steam autoclave, make sure that you use manufacturer's instructions for your autoclave (clean neutral pH distilled water), and that your high quality instruments are not mixed with instruments of inferior quality. Impurities from the lower quality instrument can start a corrosive action on your good ones. Be sure that the full drying cycle is used. Overlapping joints may have dampness within the joint, increasing the chance of corrosion. This can be prevented in three ways: assure the full drying cycle is complete, apply silicone grease inside the joint as a protective layer, or by use of an air canister or hair dryer to blow moisture out of overlapping parts. Instruments can also be cleaned ultrasonically but must be immediately rinsed and dried.
It is recommended that ultrasonic cleaning as the best and most effective way to clean surgical instruments. If ultrasonic cleaning is not available, instruments may be cleaned manually using a pH neutral detergent, distilled water, and a soft instrument cleaning brush.
Never use bleach to clean any surgical instruments. The high pH of bleach causes surface deposits of brown stains and might even corrode the instrument. Even high quality stainless steel is not impervious to an acidic bleach solution.
We recommend first cleaning the instruments in a neutral pH detergent solution with distilled water. Then apply a surgical instrument lubricant (commonly referred to as instrument milk) following the manufacturer's directions.
When storing or handling surgical instruments it is recommended that they never be stacked or piled together. This may cause physical or other damage to instruments, including even the larger ones. Instrument edges, points and finish are best protected by individually laying them in a storage container. It is most important that this area be a dry cabinet or drawer. The use of drying agents such as silica packets or even an open box of baking powder will aid in controlling moisture. When storing instruments re-using the tip guard may reduce damage to instrument tips. As a reminder, do not autoclave an instrument with the tip guard on the instrument. The tip guard might retain moisture that could cause staining, or the tip may not be sufficiently sterilized.
Lubrication is the most important action you can take to extend the life of your instruments. The use of a surgical instrument lubricant, known as "milk" because of the white coloring caused by the emulsion in water, will prevent spotting from mineral deposits left behind by water after cleaning. Corrosion can also be prevented by the application of lubricant. Corrosion starts in the pores of the metal and is often related to improper cleaning. With proper handling and lubrication the surface of your stainless steel instruments will develop a thin hard coating, similar to oxidation, which will help prevent damage from corrosion. Known as the passivation layer, it makes the instrument more resistant to staining and rusting. In addition to stain and corrosion protection, lubrication reduces friction at the joints, keeping the action of the instrument light, delicate and smooth and extending the life of the instrument by reducing wear.
We have a 100% guarantee of satisfaction. If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with any of our products, you may return them for a prompt refund or exchange. To validate our warranty, please ensure all instruments follow our care guidelines.
We offer a standard family of instruments and kits that may be private labeled and purchased by OEMs and distributor partners for resale to their hospital, ASC and other healthcare end user customers.
Yes. we provides EtO sterilization services for low volume production runs. ECA partners with world class EtO and gamma sterilization firms for large volume production requirements.
All the major medical devices OEM firms use disposable products including single-use torque limiting instruments. We are the industry leader in designing and manufacturing precision single-use torque limiting instruments and kits for the global medical device market.
We offer a complete range of packaging configurations for our customers. We will take and create a specification using your packaging requirements or help you design a winning solution including double barrier bags and pouches, PETG and Styrene trays and pouches, Tyvek and Polymer films, sterilization, labeling, drop test and high shelf life and ruggedized configurations and more.
No. This insures the surgeon has a brand new precisely calibrated and sterile torque instrument for each patient and procedure. They are designed for a single- procedure and then disposed of as medical waste or for recycle. Multiple uses of the instruments or kits are not the intended purpose and violate the product warranty.