About Our Instruments
All our single use products have a date of manufacture and 3 years from that date is the date of expiry. We also have the coloured indicator on our packs showing the method of sterilization be it by steam or EO gas, together with the CE mark clearly displayed. This meets all requirements of the Medical Devices Directive.
All of our Podiatry packs are in packs that are pre-printed and run through our sealer that prints the top of the pouch. All of our instruments are packed in class 7 clean room and ETO sterilised. Our shelf life on all packs and singles is 3 years from the month of sterilising. Our turn over is such that you should not receive any think that has not got over 1 year of life.
Why Use Single Use Surgical Instruments?
Guidelines for single use instruments in dentistry.
Since 1st April 2007, the EU has required the use of single use surgical instruments for dental and minor surgery procedures. The reasoning behind this decision was that certain contaminations were found to survive the sterilisation process,. The infection cited for the EU policy was BSE (mad cow disease). In a move to improve patient safety and infection control, it was decided that all instruments should be used once only, and then thrown away.
The downside for the medical practice is the increased cost with no additional funding available. This has resulted in cheaper instruments being used, which often sacrifices the quality.
The instruments available on this site are primarily from the Instrapac range. We feel these instruments offer a good balance of quality and value.
Disposal of Single Use Surgical Instruments
Single use surgical instruments fall under the legal definition of clinical waste, and must be disposed of in accordance with clinical waste laws. Some councils offer free collection of clinical waste, while others do not. Where this is not a available, a specialist organisation needs to be contracted to remove and destroy the waste.
The stream code recommended for disposal of single use instruments is 18-0103
Recycling of Single Use Surgical Instruments
Single use surgical instruments, by definition, cannot be used more than once. Most are made of steel, which is a highly recyclable material. It is not possible to recycle single use instruments by conventional means as they are clinical waste. Instead, a specialist organisation should be contracted for the purpose. This may involve sterilising the instruments again to remove their 'clinical waste' legal status. Most specialist organisations of this type will not handle sharp items.
Item coding abbreviation
Item coding abbreviation:
BSS4 Barrel spring nipper straight blade 4 piece pack
BSC2 Barrel Spring nipper Concaved blade 2 piece pack
DLSS4 Double leaf spring nipper straight blade 4 piece pack
BS Barrel spring
DL Double leaf spring
SL single leaf spring
Followed by :
S straight blade
C concaved blade
4, 2 or 3 depending how many pieces are in the pack
We have so many pack with different combinations