Scissor tips are specially designed surgical instruments that connect to a hand piece or rod and are used to cut tissue and/or cartilage during surgery
Decontamination and cleaning:
- Scissor tips are initially stripped of their rubber sheathing and micro-blasted with a chemical compound to aid the cleaning process. The device is then inspected under magnification.
- Next scissor tips are soaked in an enzymatic cleaning solution, rinsed and manually brushed.
- During the final cleaning step scissor tips are again manually brushed with a disinfectant followed by a final water rinse to remove any leftover particulates.
- After cleaning the blades are honed, and a reprocessing mark is applied.
Inspection, performance testing, packaging and sterilization:
- New sheathing is applied to mimic the OEM sheathing.
- Cut test is performed on an industry standard medium and an electrical isolation test is performed to ensure new sheathing was properly applied.
- A final inspection of the scissor tips under 10x magnification is done to reject any product that does not meet pre-determined acceptance criteria.
- A protective cover is placed over every devices before being individually packaged, labelled and sent to be sterilized with ethylene oxide gas.
Scissor tips should be collected in designated 1-gallon collection containers.
Savings Direct is a program that enables healthcare organizations to manage their reprocessing programs internally, and is designed to support their efforts to reduce supply costs and environmental impact. Participating organizations drive collection and shipment of single-use devices (SUDs) to potentially maximize their savings.
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