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Instructions for the Reusable Forceps Sterilization Tray
This product is reusable and is supplied non‐sterile
Indications: The enclosed sterilization tray is intended to be used to hold reusable bayoneted forceps during
Contraindications: Any use of this tray for tasks other than for which it is indicated, will usually result in a
damaged or broken instrument.
Set‐Up and Use: Ensure that the tray is clean prior to use. If not, clean per standard hospital protocol.
Note: High pH detergents may erode the anodized finish of the sterilization tray. In order to maintain the
appearance of the tray’s finish, a neutral pH detergent (pH level 6.5 – 8.0) is recommended.
Examine the contents of the tray itself to see that all parts are present and in working condition (locks, retainers,
pads). If the retainers or pads have worked free from the tray, press back into position. If the locks have become
loose, retighten. If any parts are missing or broken do not use to sterilize forceps as this may cause damage to
Disconnect the forceps to be sterilized from any connecting cables. Place forceps to be sterilized in the bottom
tray. They should be adequately contained within the retainers and the tips should rest on top of the retaining
pad. Do not place forceps on top of each other or allow them to contact other forceps during the sterilization
If the retainers will not correctly hold your device, do not use the tray for sterilization as this may cause damage to
Place the tray cover over the tray bottom. Engage the locks at both ends of the tray. Wrap the tray with CSR wrap
if required and sterilize instruments per their specific requirements or standard procedure.
Please refer to the Aesculap Bipolar Forceps catalog for our complete line of electrosurgical devices.
Aesculap recommends that the sterilization trays be processed according to the sterilization wrap manufacturer’s
instructions prior to sterilization to maintain sterility of internal components/items and for proper aseptic
presentation to the surgical field.
To achieve a sterility assurance level of 10‐6, Aesculap recommends the following parameters:
For Prevacuum Sterilizer:
Wrapped trays and instruments should be exposed to 270° for at least 4 minutes.
Dry for 20 minutes.
Aesculap has validated the above sterilization cycle and has the data on file. The validation was accomplished
with a cleared FDA CSR wrap. Other sterilization cycles may also be suitable; however, individuals or hospitals not
using the recommended method are advised to validate any alternative method using appropriate laboratory
techniques. Use an FDA cleared accessory to maintain sterility after processing.
Variables that may affect drying times include: loading density of the tray, instrument configuration, total content
s of the sterilizer, steam quality, equipment maintenance and others.
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Store sterile products in germ‐proof packaging, protected from dust, in a dry, dark, temperature‐controlled area.
CAUTION: Federal law restricts this device to sale by or on the order of a physician.
For further information regarding Reusable Forceps Sterilization Tray, please contact Aesculap Inc. Customer
Service at 1‐800‐282‐9000.
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