TALC Instruments last for years with proper care and handling. Please use these guidelines for all stainless-steel instruments…
The best time to check instruments is after they have been cleaned, lubricated, and have cooled off
Please check the following:
Allow instruments to dry thoroughly before storing them in a clean, dry environment. Never store them in an area where chemicals may emit corrosive vapors or where temperature and moisture variations may cause condensation on the instruments.
Instrument Care & Protection Guide
The high-grade instruments are a valuable asset. The following guide will help to protect and enable you to use them for many years.
TALC stainless steel instruments are made of corrosion resistant, high grade, specialty steels which can meet the varying requirements of cutting, clamping, retracting, chiseling, etc.
One of the special characteristics of our instrument is “Passivation”, instrument surface is passivated through a proper process which protects against corrosion. These layers can be thought of as an invisible patina. With repeated use and exposure to the air, this oxidation process continues, making the instrument even more corrosion resistant with proper maintenance. Every effort is made in the manufacturing process to make the instruments corrosion resistant, however, instruments must be treated properly. If not, the steel can rust or stain, reducing the life of the instrument or even rendering it useless.
Instruments are designed for a particular purpose and they should be used for only that purpose. It is important to choose the proper instrument for the task to be accomplished. For instance, a nail nipper should not be used to cut wire.
Because tap water contains many minerals which may cause discoloration and staining, we recommend the use of distilled water for cleaning, disinfecting, sterilizing and rinsing instruments. To avoid staining, use a cleaning solution with a pH near neutral (7). If you do use tap water for rinsing, please make sure you dry the instrument thoroughly to avoid stains.
Brand New Instruments
Newly purchased instruments must be cleaned, lubricated and autoclaved before use.
When handling instruments be very careful not to damage their fine tip and mechanisms. If instruments are exposed to blood, tissue, saline or any other foreign matter, these must be rinse in warm (not hot) water before these substances are allowed to dry. After rinsing, immerse them in a cleaning solution.
A number of compounds, such as certain chemicals, are highly corrosive to stainless steel. To be on the safe side, rinse and dry instruments immediately in case they have come in contact with any potentially harmful substances. If no ultrasonic cleaner is available, clean the instrument very carefully. Pay particular attention when cleaning the box-locks, serrations, hinges and all other hard to reach areas. Use nylon (not steel) brushes (such as a toothbrush), and warm (not hot) cleaning solutions. Follow the manufacturer’s instruction for preparation of cleaning solutions.
This is by far the most effective and most efficient way to clean instruments. Before putting soiled instruments into an ultrasonic cleaner, we recommend that they should be cleaned in a cleaning solution, of all visible debris clinging to them.
Please observe the following:
Lubrication and Autoclaving
Cold Sterilization and Disinfection
Prolonged immersion in disinfection or sterilization solution can be detrimental to surgical instruments. We recommend that do not immerse the instruments longer than twenty minutes. To render the instruments sterile and ready for use, we recommend the use of an autoclave cycle. This saves time and is gentler to the instruments. Rinse and dry instruments thoroughly after.
Most cold sterilization solutions take a minimum of 10 hours to render instruments sterile. This prolonged exposure to chemical action can be mom harmful to instruments than the usual 20-minute autoclave cycle.
Instruments with Tungsten Carbide inserts (these instruments are identified with gold handles), we do not recommend the use of cold sterilization solutions containing Benzyl Ammonium Chloride as this will deteriorate the Tungsten Carbide inserts