Surgical Instrument Preventive Maintenance

March 26th, 2014

Derek Lashua, Marketing Director for Spectrum Surgical Instruments/STERIS Specialty Services, shares with Healthcare Purchasing News the benefits of taking a proactive approach to preventive maintenance of surgical assets.

“Spectrum has demonstrated that over time healthcare facilities experience reduced repair costs with instruments lasting longer when they are properly maintained,” said Lashua. “As hospitals gain an understanding of the financial aspects of a successful maintenance program, they are also able to more effectively address budgeting issues. Couple preventive maintenance with education and you further fortify the program resulting in increased patient safety, more satisfied surgeons and the reduced likelihood of readmissions due to hospital-acquired infections. It’s a win/win, with the additional benefit of a more knowledgeable and educated Sterile Processing and Surgery staff.”

Regularly monitoring surgical instrument performance for minor issues can also help facilities save money before major repairs are needed or the purchase of new instrument replacements.

Contact us to learn more about our preventive maintenance programs and lectures.

Spectrum Surgical to Educate Attendees at AORN Annual Conference in Chicago, IL

March 11th, 2014

Spectrum Surgical presents rigid and flexible endoscope repair capabilities, learning opportunities and a range of surgical instruments, cleaning brushes and accessories at this year’s AORN Surgical Conference & Expo, March 31 – April 1 in Chicago, IL.

In conjunction with the conference and Pfiedler Enterprises, Spectrum Surgical will provide accredited educational opportunities at their booth #1219, which will include:

Instrument Care & Handling: Laparoscopic Instruments & Rigid Endoscopes

Presented by Justin Poulin, RN BSN, CCSVP

Regional Vice President, Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp., A subsidiary of STERIS Corporation

Monday, March 31
9:30am, 11:00 am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, and 3:00pm

Tuesday, April 1

9:45am, 11:15 am, and 12:45pm

For more information, please contact Marketing Director Derek Lashua at 800-444-5644.

Sternum Wire Twister Needle Holder Jaw Repair

February 25th, 2014

Due to pressure of stainless steel wire being twisted, the jaws of wire twisters are susceptible to cracking.wire twister needle holder

This allows broken pieces of the tungsten carbide jaw to drop into the surgical site.

Inspect the jaws prior to tray assembly and if pieces are missing or jaw wear is visible, do not use the instrument.

Schedule a wire twister repair service with Spectrum Surgical by contacting us online or calling our Repair Division at 800-444-5644.

Surgical Retractors Paper Test & Points of Inspection

January 8th, 2014

The first indication of old surgical retractors is the appearance of the metal surface. The finish will begin to flake off.

Follow the steps below to test the metal surface of your surgical retractors:

  1. Put on a pair of examination gloves
  2. Hold the instrument above a white piece of paper
  3. Aggressively rub the instrument with your gloved hands
  4. Examine the piece of paper for metal flakes

If there are flakes on the paper, remove the instrument immediately and discontinue use.

Additional points of inspection include:

  • Distal ends: inspect for bent blades/prongs
  • Release lever: flick release lever, it should spring back into place and open/close smoothly
  • Screw: inspect for any cracks
  • Spring area: inspect for any cracks

For more surgical instrument care and preventative maintenance information, please visit our surgical instrument education section on our website or feel free to contact us.

Surgical Instrument Etching for Holiday Gifts

December 11th, 2013

Want to give a personalized gift to a team member this year?

Check out our etching services for surgical instruments.

surgical instrument etching

Etching is recommended versus engraving devices because of the following:

  • Scratches off the protective surface of the instruments
  • Box lock area is weakened
  • Engraving creates a “bed” for bacteria
  • Interferes with restoration/refinishing

Contact us today if you would like to send us your surgical instruments for etching services!