A suture passer consists of 3 devices: a Carter-Thomason suture passer, one 5mm suture passer guide and one 10-12mm suture passer guide. The suture passer is intended to pass suture through soft tissue.
Decontamination and cleaning:
- Upon arrival, suture passers are inspected for damage, contamination and end of service markings that will prevent successful reprocessing of the device
- Devices are then brushed to remove debris, cleaned using an enzymatic solution and tested for functionality of the handle
- Suture passers are then irrigated using a manifold to pump solution through the device
- The clean suture passers will then undergo a vacuum drying process
Inspection and performance testing:
- After drying, devices are visually inspected to ensure that they are free of contamination, cracks, or damage to the device
- The devices then undergo functional testing of the handle and are pad printed with a Stryker logo
- The suture passers are then packaged and sent to sterilization
Suture passers consist of 3 separate components, so it is important collect every component for reprocessing. Suture passers should be collected in designated 17-gallon collection containers.
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