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Surgical instruments are placed in specialised packaging to keep them sterile. After each use, surgical instruments must be repackaged in either a sterilisation bag or woven wrapping intended for use in an autoclave, or sterilisation machine. Packagi

Surgical instruments are placed in specialised packaging to keep them sterile. After each use, surgical instruments must be repackaged in either a sterilisation bag or woven wrapping intended for use in an autoclave, or sterilisation machine. Packaging surgical instruments is a precise procedure which requires knowledge of proper technique. Always follow your facility's instrument packaging protocol.

Skill level:Challenging

Things you need

Sterilisation packagingSterilisation indicator stripsSterilisation tapeGauzeTip protectors

Instructions

1 Choose the packaging for your surgical instruments. Gather sterilisation bags or double-layer woven wrapping, sterilisation tape and sterilisation indicator tabs. Ensure all instruments have been pre-cleaned and are free of body fluids and debris.

2 Place the instruments in an appropriate-sized sterilisation bag. Cover the ends of sharp instruments with plastic, autoclave-approved tip protectors to prevent puncture of the bag. Insert a sterilisation indicator strip into the package, and seal the package by removing the adhesive strip protector on the flap. Close the flap over the open end of the bag.

3 Place two square sterilisation sheets on a large, flat surface and arrange in a square position. Place a single layer of gauze in the middle of the top sheet. Arrange instruments over the gauze in a single layer, if possible. Open any closed instruments. Cover the tips of sharp instruments with tip protectors, or place the tips slightly into the gauze for protection. Add a sterilisation strip with the instruments.

4 Fold the top sterilisation sheet appropriately in a square fold. Fold the outer sterilisation sheet over the other in a square-fold. Consult your facility's guidelines for proper folding technique. Secure the outside sheet with sterilisation tape.

Tips and warnings

Surgical instruments may be wrapped singly, in packs or in trays intended for specific uses, such as minor surgery or laceration repair.

You may use a single sheet of approved, double layer, woven sterilisation sheet in place of two separate sheets if available and approved by your facility.

Surgical instruments should not be packaged by someone unfamiliar with the procedure.

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