Surgical Instrument Testing
The SMTL have been evaluating the quality of surgical instruments for the Welsh NHS for a number of years. These studies have usually arisen from adverse incidents within hospitals, however the SMTL have now developed a series of test methods to enable the laboratory to offer these services as a preventative measure.
The laboratory can now offer the following services to the NHS and the medical device industry to test their products for specific sections of the following standards:
BS 5194-2 Surgical Instruments – Specification for instrument with pivot joints (excluding cutting instruments)
BS 5194-3 Surgical Instruments – Specification for dissecting forceps
BS 5194-4 Surgical Instruments – Specification for scissors, shears and other jointed cutting instruments
BS EN ISO 13402 / BS 7891 – Surgical and dental hand instruments – Determination of resistance against autoclaving, corrosion and thermal exposure