Award-winning manufacturer of surgical instruments

Established supplier with over 25 years experience

Family run business based in the UK

NHS Suppliers of high quality precision instrumentation

Premier Repair & Refurbishment Service

Tray Refurbishment and Identification

An Introduction to Surgical Holdings Instrument Refurbishment Programme

A cost saving of up to 70% compared to buying new instruments
A managed service and schedule of repairs
Open communication from a dedicated account manager
A quick turnaround of sets for minimal downtime
Replacement of non-repairable general instruments for the price of repair
Safer instruments with 5 year warranty
Significant environmental CO2 savings
Proven quality repair processes
OEM specifications
 
Before and After below:
 
With thousands of old instruments in circulation throughout hospitals, often surgeons, ODP’s and SSD staff will all be crying out for new instruments. The cost of replacing all instruments for new in one purchase is likely to be very high, so typically instruments are replaced one by one, leaving some instruments in a constant state of disrepair. 
 
Furthermore with a focus on cross contamination prevention and iatrogenic vCJD risk transmitted via contaminated surgical instruments, there should be greater care and attention to the condition of old and worn surgical instruments. Studies have shown how surface roughness and condition can directly impact protein adhesion, cleaning efficacy and corrosion resistance. 
 
At Surgical Holdings we are able to offer a complete refurbishment service at a fraction of the price of new instrumentation. It is a managed system where every instrument on every tray you wish to replace can instead be refurbished and returned in an ‘as new’ condition

 


A Safer product 
 
Over the years your old instruments will have sustained knocks and dents creating areas of pitting, staining, corrosion and overall damage. By ensuring that all instruments are fully re-polished and re-passivated you improve the surface finish of the instrument. This in turn improves cleaning efficacy and therefore reduces the chance of cross contamination. It also reduces corrosion issues, by polishing out any crevices or pits where water and protein can build up. 

 We have conducted studies into our manufacturing techniques in comparison to others. For example, our scissor sharpening technique prevents the stainless steel from heating up keeping the inherent hardness within the material. We have shown that this can make the scissor last longer and cut better. Read our recent Linkin post here 

 
Our skilled technicians inspect every instrument and rectify any poor manufacturing techniques – such as removing crevices where components have not been laser welded together or polishing all box joints to aid in cleaning efficacy. These additional steps ensure the instruments are sent back to you conforming to the highest levels of OEM specifications. 
 
An assessment is also made on any instruments deemed unrepairable. General instruments will be replaced at no extra cost; other specialist items will be separated and returned as received with a quotation for a new replacement. 
 
 

Instrument Measuring and Identification

Through experience, we know the difficulties that can occur when trying to order new instruments. One i.e. Orthopaedic minor Tray at one hospital, can have completely different components to one at another hospital. Similarly, trays can contain different patterns of the same instrument, different names and so on. To ensure our customer gets what they want we can arrange Free of Charge for one of our sales team to visit you and inspect, measure, photograph and log the contents of your tray, or whatever is necessary. This ensures you get the exact patterns and weights that you require. If we don't stock the exact patterns, we'll make them up in our factory in Southend-on-Sea (we're happy for you to visit us, while this is done). If it's an instrument we need more time with, we only need a day to take the instrument and make up a pattern or detailed drawing to ensure we can replicate this.

Example Processes 

  • Count, check and identify all instruments on the tray- log for trace ability
  • Sharpen and re-set- Scissors & Scissor Needleholders
  • Re Set- All articulated instruments e.g. artery forceps, scissors and needleholders.
  • Weld- Any cracks in the instruments, where a repair is possible, to save replacement.
  • Broken or damaged ends-we will repair( e.g this may involve welding and fitting new ends on one piece instruments), by welding, regrinding and re-polishing.
  • Refinishing- All instruments will be Polished/Satin Finished/Bead blasting (as applicable) to make them as new.
  • Replaced TC Jaws- On needle holders if necessary
  • Non TC needleholders
  • Re-plate gold bows- On needle holders if necessary
  • Riveting- Replacement of rivets on e.g. box joints, if necessary
  • Re-solder- On joints where necessary
  • Racks- Re-cut on e.g. Artery forceps
  • Self retaining retractors- replacement/repair of racks and triggers
  • Passivation- When any instrument shows to be corroding, we will passivate to show up any sub standard materials that may cross contaminate other instruments on the tray. If necessary, we will replace the faulty instrument.
  • Cleaning- ultrasonic cleaning and lubricating
  • Laser Marking- We will mark with department name, if required Fit for Reprocessing- Upon completion of the refurbishment, we will ensure that the instruments on the tray are suitable for re-processing to relevant HTM standards

Testimonial and Case Study

You can read a recent testimonial here  you can get a snapshot of the refurbishment service here and read a recent case study 

 

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