What Researchers Need to Know about Surgical Instruments

This resource page offers useful articles on cleaning, sterilizing and storing your surgical instruments, as well as general information on common surgical instruments, their construction and use. In addition you will find short videos loaded with information on surgical and microdissection instruments.

instrument care chart

Download Instrument Care Poster

Surgical instruments are crucial in your research, and proper cleaning, handling and storage will ensure your instruments last for many years to come. Our 11x17  Instrument Care Poster is suitable for printing. Download your free copy of the Instrument Care Poster so you can post the best practices for instrument cleaning in your laboratory.

Cleaning, Disinfecting, Sterilizing

What's the difference between cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing? Let's take a look. This is the first in a series of four videos to discuss some best practices in caring for your surgical instrument investment. 

Sterilizing Surgical Instruments

Get some practical tips on sterilizing your surgical instruments and using an autoclave.This video is the fourth in a series of four to discuss some best practices in caring for your surgical instrument investment. 

 

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Choosing alloy for instruments

Surgical Instruments Coatings and Features

Surgical instruments for dissecting come in a variety of patterns, types, shapes and sizes. Choosing the correct one for your application will improve outcome and reduce the frustration of trying to use an inappropriate tool.

Manual Cleaning of Surgical Instruments

See how to manually clean surgical instruments. It is loaded with tips. This video is the second in a series of four to discuss some best practices in caring for your surgical instrument investment. 

Which Alloy is Best for my Surgical Instruments?

Inox, Titanium, Dumoxel®, Dumastar®, Antimagnetic... Have you ever looked at the variety of metal alloys for surgical instruments and laboratory tools and wondered which is best for your needs? Here's a brief rundown. 

 dissecting instruments

Choosing alloy for instruments 

Instrument Care and Handling

The proper care and handling of your valuable surgical instruments will improve their longevity and function. Choose a protocol appropriate for your environment from the cleaning techniques below.

Ultrasonic Cleaning of Surgical Instruments

See how to mechanically clean surgical instruments using an ultrasonic cleaner. This video is loaded with tips. This video is the third in a series of four to discuss some best practices in caring for your surgical instrument investment. 

DLC Coating Multiplies Useable Life of Surgical Instruments

When applied to surgical instruments, Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) coating dramatically increases the life of the surgical instrument.

 

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How Do I select Appropriate Surgical Instruments for My Application?

Selecting surgical instruments for a procedure? Get answers to your questions here and suggestions for appropriate instruments.

  • What procedure are you performing?
  • What is the size of your subject?
  • How often will the instrument be used? 

In this article we will consider some of these factors and offer a few tips for selecting an appropriate pair of scissors, tweezers and forceps.

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