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Corrosion:
Bio-debris, residues and high alkaline water and chloride based detergents used for cleaning or sterilization that is not pre-cleaned
and thoroughly dried and dried before sterilization or short drying cycles that leaves the instruments moist and left to dry outside the sterilizer.
Pitting:
The most common causes of pitting are chloride based detergents, saline solutions and blood left on the instruments due to
improper cleaning and scrubbing.
Rust:
Sterilizing instruments of different metals in the same cycle will cause rusting. An electrolytic action will transfer carbon particles from
exposed non-stainless to stainless metals. The rapid oxidation of those carbon particles results is a surface film of rust.
Stains:
It is common for instruments to become stained or spotted even when following standard protocol. In most cases these problems are
resulting from mineral deposits on the instrument surfaces. Following proper Care & Handling techniques can help prevent and minimize most
staining situations.
Brown Stains:
Most brown stains are from detergents that contain phosphates and dissolve copper elements in the sterilizer which result in
copper being deposited on the instruments by an electrolytic reaction.
Blue Stains:
These are usually the result of cold sterilization techniques. It is necessary to follow exact instructions and mixture levels according
to the manufacturer.
Black Stains:
These stains are typically the result of contact with ammonia. This may also be the result of amine deposits from the steam in
the sterilizer. Amine solutions are often used to clean the sterilizers. Distilled water cycled through the sterilizer can help eliminate the amine
problem.
Other Spotting:
Other spotting situations can be the result of slow water vaporization or condensation on the instruments. Distilled water
will also help eliminate these spots.
COMMON INSTRUMENT POST CLEANING COMPLAINTS AND CAUSES
REPAIR SERVICE
Worn or damaged instruments can usually be restored to serviceable use by our skilled instrument repair technicians. This service is offered on
all surgical instruments, regardless of manufacturer. To provide you with prompt service on sharpening or repairs, please go to our website at
, click on the tab INSTRUMENT REPAIR, and fill out the online form to begin the process.
RETURN POLICY
BR Surgical will offer credit for: unused/unsterilized items, in the original packaging, and requested within 30 calendar days from the
date of invoice. Restocking fees may apply. Contact BR Surgical for complete details of our return policy. Please go to our website at
, click on the tab SERVICES/RETURNS, and fill out the online form to begin the process.
CUSTOM INSTRUMENTS
Have an instrument idea? Call your BR Surgical representative for information on Custom Instruments.
CROSS REFERENCE INFORMATION
Please contact your BR Surgical Customer Service Representative for competitive Cross Referencing information.
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