There a number of inspection points to examine on laparoscopic instruments. Overlooking the different areas can lead to costly repairs or replacements.
Listed below are some inspection points and tips:
- If space is present between collar and insulation, the instrument needs to be re-insulated
- Test the inner linkage for wear or fatigue
- Inspect the shaft for nicks and cuts
- Inspect teeth, jaws, grasper, both sides of the hinge for bioburden
- Inspect the aspiration needle of cracks and burrs
- Inspect the hook and spatula for cracking and chipping
- Inspect the tips and blades for burrs
Below is a before and after image of jaws on a laparoscopic that needed replaced due to bioburden build-up:
For more tips and information on how to properly test and handle laparoscopic instruments, download our free guide.
All repair and maintenance requests can be shipped to the following:
Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp.
Attn: Repair Center
4575 Hudson Drive
Stow, OH 44224-1725