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Reusable Bipolar and Monopolar Cords
This cord is reusable and is supplied NON‐STERILE. Process the cord through
cleaning and sterilization prior to initial use, follow guidance as outlined in this
WARNING: Clean and sterilize after each use.
WARNING: Any use of this cord for tasks other than for which it is indicated will
usually result in a damaged or broken cord.
Rinse the cord thoroughly with sterile, purified water to remove any
Hand wash the surface of the cord using a soft bristled cleaning brush, and
enzyme cleaner e.g., Tergazyme™ solution (Alconox, Inc.) or equivalent, to
remove visible residual debris.
CAUTION: Avoid use of abrasive cleaners or solvents.
After hand washing, the surface is to be thoroughly flushed with sterile, purified
water until no visible detergent residual remains.
Once the cord is free of cleaning solution and debris, thoroughly dry using a
EXTENDING CORD LIFE
These cords have been validated for twenty‐five uses. However, the number of
uses obtained from the cord depends upon the degree of care taken in processing
and handling. To achieve maximum life the following is recommended:
AUTOMATED PRE‐CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS
Rinse the instruments under warm running tap water until visibly clean. Use a soft
bristle brush (plastic brush) as needed for hard to remove soil. Hard to reach areas
such as, internal spaces should be flushed with a water pistol/syringe.
CAUTION: Federal (USA) law restricts this device to sale by or on the order of a
INDICATION: Reusable cords are designed to connect to an electrosurgical device
to an electrosurgical generator. Please refer to the labeling to determine the
particular connectors and specific use of the cord.
Use the molded plug at the end of the cord to disconnect. DO NOT PULL
ON THE CORD’S CABLE. SEE DIAGRAM BELOW.
CLEANING AND DISINFECTION
Place the cord(s) in a bath with a tested cleansing and disinfectant agent such as
Renu‐Klenz™ (Steris) (1/4 oz/gal) prepared according manufacturer’s
recommendations using lukewarm tap water. The cord(s) must be completely covered
with the solution. NOTE: The application times, temperatures, and concentration
stated by the manufacturer of the cleansing/disinfectant agent must always be
observed. The cords(s) are then immersed in the detergent solution and allowed to
sonicate for ten minutes. Repeat the cleansing process if visible contamination is still
present on the instrument.
Storing cords loosely coiled (4‐5” diam.). Avoiding kinking, or sharply
bending the cords, or placing heavy objects on them to prevent damaging
the insulation or inner wire.
Use a different cord for each procedure during the day. Keeping a supply
of individually wrapped, sterile cords.
Completely dry the cord before storing.
Not rolling heavy tables, carts, etc., over the cord.
Fresh solutions must be prepared daily. In case of severe soiling, the solution must be
INSPECTION OF CORD
It is recommended to establish a procedural review, by which the cord’s electrical
continuity is regularly tested with an ohmmeter as well as frequent inspection of
the cord’s insulation (before and after each use) for cracks, nicks, lacerations, or
abrasions, and by which a criteria is set for the discarding and replacement of
those cords which may be worn and hazardous to the patient and operating room
WARNING: Using a cord which is damaged, worn or until its inevitable failure, it is
possible that it will overheat and either ignite itself or ignite nearby materials and is
inherently dangerous to both the patient and operating room personnel.
REPROCESSING AND STERILIZATION (i.e., cleaning & sterilization)
Institutional device reprocessing and sterilization should occur in facilities that are
adequately designed, equipped, monitored, and staffed by trained personnel.
Clean and sterilize per your institutions validated procedures and cycle
parameters. The following parameters for cleaning, and for five of the commonly
utilized methods of sterilization, are recommended as guidelines for validation.
NOTE: Reprocessing this device dictates that it undergo a thorough cleaning prior
A high contamination load in the ultrasonic bath impairs the cleansing action and
promotes the risk of corrosion. The cleansing solution must be renewed regularly
according to the conditions of use. The criterion is visibly apparent soiling. In any case,
a frequent change of bath is necessary, at least once a day. National guidelines must
AUTOMATED MACHINE CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS
The cords(s) are then to be transferred via a suitable container (e.g., wire mesh
basket) into the automated washer. The following cycle is recommended with these
parameters programmed; set to high.
Cold Tap water
Detergent Type and
Hot Tap Water
Klenzyme™, 1 oz/gallon
65.0˚C (Set Point)
Renu‐Klenz™, ¼ oz/gallon
Hot Tap Water
The cords(s) should then be dried using a clean, soft cloth and visually examined using
the naked eye under normal lighting condition to determine that all adherent visible
soil, (e.g., blood, protein substances and other debris) had been removed from all
surfaces and crevices. Klenzyme and Renu‐Klenz are trademarks of Steris.
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WARNING: Reusable cords connect electrosurgical generators to devices.
Damaged cords or cords whose connectors have not been thoroughly rinsed and
dried may cause electrical burns to the patient or operating room personnel.
STEAM/GRAVITY DISPLACEMENT: DOUBLE WRAP cord in muslin i.e., CSR
blue hospital wrap, and place (single layer) in a production type, steam
sterilization vessel. Process at 132° C (270°F) for a 30 minute cycle.
STEAM/PRE‐VACUUM: DOUBLE WRAP cord in muslin i.e., CSR blue hospital
wrap, and place (single layer) in a production type, steam sterilization vessel.
Process at 132° C (270°F) using pre‐vacuum conditions for a 4 minute cycle
ETHYLENE OXIDE (EO): DOUBLE WRAP cord in muslin i.e., CSR blue hospital
wrap, and place (single layer) in a production type, EO sterilizer. Process at a
nominal 600 mg/L EO concentration using Oxyfume 2000 (10:90) gas for a
full 2 hour cycle. Immediately following the exposure cycle aerate for 18
hours at 50 C (122°F).
FLASH – STEAM/GRAVITY DISPLACEMENT, UNWRAPPED: Process at 134°C
(273°F) for a 10 – 18‐minute cycle.
FLASH – PRE‐VACUUM, UNWRAPPED Process at 132°C‐134°C (270°F‐273°F)
for 3–18‐minute cycle.
SETUP AND USE
Attach the sterile cord to the sterile device ensuring that the cord connector is
fully seated against the device connector.
WARNING: Connect cords, adapters and accessories to the electrosurgical
generator only while the generator is off (standby). Failure to do so may result in
injury or electrical shock to the patient or healthcare provider.
WARNING: Connect Bipolar accessories to the Bipolar receptacle and Monopolar
accessories into the Monopolar receptacle only. Improper connection of
accessories may result in inadvertent accessory activation or other potentially
CAUTION: Because of the variability of output voltages and modes from
generator to generator, DO NOT USE this Bipolar cord with generator setting
having a Bipolar output voltage exceeding 1200Vp‐p or this Monopolar cord with
generator setting having a Monopolar output voltage exceeding 7000Vp‐p. Refer
to the appropriate electrosurgical generator manual for indications and
instructions on voltage output characteristics to ensure that all safety precautions
are followed. If no RF output is delivered to the accessory handpiece when the
generator’s activating switch is pressed, check the cord connection with the device
and with the generator. If proper function is still not achieved and the accessory
handpiece and generator function are confirmed as sound, replace the cord and
refer the questionable cord to qualified personnel for further evaluation.
CUSTOMER RETURNS / COMPLAINTS
615 Lambert Pointe Drive
Hazelwood, MO 63042
Phone: 1.888.237.2852 ext. 5938
Email: Aesculap_QAComplaints BBMUS_Service/BBMUS/BBRAUN
3773 Corporate Parkway
Center Valley, PA 18034
CAUTION: Federal (USA) law restricts this device to sale by or on the order
of a physician.
Consult Instructions for Use
Product does not contain Latex
Date of Manufacture
Caution, Precaution or Warning
SOP‐AIC‐5001187 Rev. 01 07/13
At the lowest power setting, test the cord by pressing the generator’s activating
CAUTION: The devices cord should be positioned in such a way that contact with
the PATIENT or other leads is avoided. Temporarily unused ACTIVE DEVICES should
be stored isolated from the patient.
PROPER DISPOSAL of contaminated, or possible contaminated with blood, tissue,
or other potentially infectious material present a biological risk and must be
discarded in a closable, leak‐proof, puncture‐resistant receptacle, that is
adequately labeled (e.g., color coding or symbology) for easy identification as