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Frequently Asked Questions

My instruments are rusting. What should I do?
All FST stainless steel surgical instruments are manufactured from medical grade stainless steel under strict European standards.

Stainless steel instruments are not immune from corrosion. Under unfavorable conditions instruments may oxidize (rust) because stainless steel that is exposed to physical, thermal or chemical manipulation may lose some of its stainless properties.

To prevent corrosion, always make sure you use instruments for their intended purpose and follow the guidelines outlined below for cleaning and storing your instruments.
 
How should I clean my instruments?
Fine surgical instruments should be cleaned immediately after use. Blood or saline solutions left on instruments for any length of time can quickly start corrosive action.

Instruments can be cleaned manually or ultrasonically, but always...
          •  Use a neutral pH balanced cleaning solution.
          •  Clean instruments in the open position.
          •  Use soft textile or paper cloths, soft plastic brushes, or water spray guns 
             (wire brushes and scouring pads are not recommended).

      Manual Cleaning
                • Wipe instruments carefully to remove all blood and tissue matter.
                • Thoroughly rinse instruments with distilled water.

      Ultrasonic Cleaning
                • Not recommended for delicate and micro instruments.
                • Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for specific instructions and cleaning cycle times.

Immediately after manual or ultrasonic cleaning... dry instruments thoroughly, paying special attention to overlapping surfaces. A pneumatic air gun or hair dryer is ideal. 
How should I store my instruments?
Instruments should be stored so as to not touch one another and should be kept as clean and free of dust as possible.

To see instrument cases and holders sold by FST, please click here