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DEMAGNETIZING DESIGNED FOR MEDICAL ENVIRONMENTS

 


Surgical instruments can become magnetized in the medical environment.  To eliminate magnetism and its related problems, surgical instruments must be checked for magnetism and demagnetized prior to leaving the sterile processing department.  The surgical team may also find it necessary to demagnetize a surgical instrument in the operating room.

 

ELECTRO-MATIC PRODUCTS COMPANY  manufactures NEUTROLATOR® medical demagnetizers in handheld and countertop models to accommodate individual and entire trays of surgical instruments.  NEUTROLATOR® medical demagnetizers were specifically designed for the medical environment and are the only cool operating demagnetizers.  RESIDUMETER®II is a compact instrument for quickly checking magnetism before and after demagnetizing and will assist in establishing quality controls standards.

     

 

 
         
  1.  

How does surgical stainless steel become magnetic?
The cold-working (machining) stresses on non-magnetic grades of stainless steel during the manufacture of surgical instruments will cause a material property change.  This change makes the material magnetic, or capable of attracting to a magnet.

 
         
  2.  

Will demagnetizing change the surgical stainless steel back to non-magnetic?
No, demagnetizing eliminates magnetism by disorienting the magnetic charges in the material, but will not change the material's properties or response to a magnet.

 
         
  3.  

What are the causes of magnetism in surgical instruments?
Common causes of magnetism include cold-working during manufacturing, scrubbing, repairing, polishing, and handling, as well as contact with or close proximity to magnetic instruments, holding pads, and other magnetized objects.

 
         
  4.  

What problems can magnetism cause in surgical instruments?
Magnetism causes surgical needles to cling, wrap around and bend away from surgical needle holders, surgical instruments to cling together on trays, and may cause micro-metal particles to cling to surgical instruments.

 
         
  5.  

Are there guidelines for acceptable residual magnetism levels in surgical instruments?
A small surgical needle will cling to a needle holder with a magnetism level of 3 gauss.  Larger surgical instruments and needles are affected at higher residual magnetism levels such as 5 gauss.  Use the
RESIDUMETER
®II gaussmeter for checking magnetism levels in surgical instruments and developing acceptable guidelines for your facility.

 
         
  6.   Can trays of instruments be demagnetized?
Yes, NEUTROLATOR® countertop medical demagnetizers are capable of demagnetizing entire trays of surgical instruments.  A single layer of instruments is recommended, and they may be wrapped in sterile material.
 
         
  7.   What are the benefits of demagnetizing?
Demagnetizing surgical instruments with the
NEUTROLATOR® eliminates magnetism and the related problems plaguing the surgical team.  Save time and money by demagnetizing in-house as opposed to utilizing outside demagnetizing services.  Reduce the amount of rejected surgical instruments and save costs on unnecessary reprocessing and/or instrument replacement.  The NEUTROLATOR® medical demagnetizers are user-friendly, highly reliable, and guaranteed to solve your magnetism problems.
 
         
         

 

   
     

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