Oral Surgical Batteries Maintenance Tips

Surgical Instrument Maintenance in CA

Battery Cleaning and Sterilization Guide

Here is a list of oral surgical batteries maintenance tips for cleaning and sterilization.


  • Use the sterilization methods as indicated in these instructions. Using other sterilization methods may damage

the equipment and prevent proper sterilization

  • Follow the recommended dry times to prevent moisture from accumulating inside the equipment. Moisture may

cause equipment to corrode and prevent proper sterilization

  • Prior to cleaning and sterilization, remove the battery pack from the handpiece
  • Use the cleaning methods as indicated in these instructions. Using other cleaning methods may prevent

proper sterilization

  • DO NOT use solvents, lubricants, or other chemicals, unless otherwise specified
  • Drying battery contacts with compressed air is recommended. Residual moisture from cleaning may lead to

oxidation of the contacts

  • DO NOT immerse any equipment into liquid for longer than is necessary to thoroughly wet all surfaces

(approximately 10 to 30 seconds). DO NOT soak any equipment in liquid. DO NOT allow moisture or liquid to soak

  • DO NOT use cleaning solution with pH levels higher than 10.5. See the disinfectant’s Material Safety Data Sheet

to verify the pH range. Failure to comply may cause the housing material to crack

  • If other devices in the washer-disinfector take longer to dry than the batteries, the other devices should be processed separately from the batteries
  • DO NOT exceed a dry time of 2 minutes. Failure to comply will shorten battery pack life
  • After sterilization, ALWAYS allow batteries and battery packs to cool for at least one hour before recharging. Failure to comply may result in damage and a shortened battery life
  • Dry battery packs before placing them in the charger to avoid damage to the battery packs and charger
  • Always make sure the equipment is completely dry before sterilization
  • DO NOT sterilize a battery pack that is not intended to be sterilized, such as an aseptic battery pack, where only the outer housing is intended to be sterilized
  • DO NOT leave battery packs in a hot sterilizer for more than the prescribed time as this will shorten battery pack life
  • DO NOT sterilize a battery pack if damage is apparent (cracks or other damage)
  • Use of compressed air is only recommended for drying of equipment

Manual Cleaning

Recommended Equipment
• Syringe
• PPE as recommended by the cleaning agent supplier (minimum overalls, gloves, face/eye shield)
• Disposable absorbent wipes or soft, lint-free cloth
• Medical-grade compressed air (< 20 psi)
1. Remove all gross soil from the equipment using disposable absorbent wipes or soft, lint-free cloth moistened
with the prepared cleaning solution
2. Make sure all surfaces of the equipment are thoroughly wetted using warm water with a temperature of 80 °F
(27 °C) to 110 °F (44 °C). The water should not exceed 140 °F (60 °C) and should be warm to the touch
3. Using a soft, lint-free cloth, clean the equipment thoroughly. Pay particular attention to rough surfaces, crevices,
and difficult to reach areas where soil may be shielded such as inner and outer crevices of the device. Flush
difficult to reach areas with a syringe filled with the cleaning solution
4. Actuate all moving parts of the equipment to access all surfaces
5. Rinse the equipment in warm running water until all traces of cleaning solution are removed. Pay particular
attention to rough surfaces and the battery contacts. Actuate all moving parts to remove any remaining
cleaning solution
6. Visually inspect the equipment for any remaining soil or cleaning solution. If soil or cleaning solution remains,
repeat the cleaning and rinsing procedure using fresh cleaning solution
7. Allow the equipment to drain on disposable absorbent wipes
8. Dry the equipment with a soft, lint-free cloth or medical-grade compressed air (< 20 psi)
9. After cleaning, inspect and test the equipment immediately

Inspection and Testing:

Inspection and Testing
WARNING Only individuals trained and experienced in the maintenance of reusable medical devices should inspect
and test this equipment
Before preparing for sterilization, inspect all equipment. Generally, visual inspection without magnification under good
light conditions is sufficient. All parts of the equipment should be checked for visible soil, damage, and/or corrosion
Visual Inspection
Pay particular attention to the following:
• Locations where soil may become trapped, such as mating surfaces, hinges, and shafts
• Recessed features such as holes and lumens
• Features where soil may be pressed into contact with the equipment
• Nicks or burrs that may damage tissue, surgical gloves, and/or the sterilization wrap
Functional Inspection
Perform recommended inspection and testing as indicated in the Inspection and Testing and/or Periodic
Maintenance sections of the Instructions for Use and/or Care Instructions supplied with the product
Preparation for Sterilization
WARNING ALWAYS use a chemical indicator within every sterilization load to make sure the proper sterilization
conditions of time, temperature, and saturated steam are achieved
Where appropriate, load equipment into an appropriate sterilization tray
Enclose the equipment using a sterilization wrap that is suitable for the equipment, such as a grade 500 or higher,
before sterile processing
Follow the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) and the Association of periOperative
Registered Nurses (AORN) recommended guidelines for appropriate wrapping configurations
NOTE The packaging material will maintain the sterility of the equipment after exposure
Sterilization Process Parameters
• Steam sterilization (moist heat) is recommended. Stryker Instruments has validated several autoclave cycles for the
sterilization of this equipment. However, autoclave design and performance can affect the efficacy of the process.
Health care facilities should verify the process they use, employing the actual equipment and operators that
routinely process the equipment
• The final responsibility for verification of sterilization techniques lies directly with the hospital. To ensure the efficacy
of hospital processing, all cycles and methods should be verified for different sterilization chambers, wrapping
methods and/or various loading configurations
• After sterilization, allow the equipment to cool to a comfortable operating temperature

Storage and Handling Before Use
• ALWAYS transport wrapped equipment with care to prevent damaging the sterile barrier
• ALWAYS store wrapped, processed equipment in a controlled environment that avoids extremes in temperature
and moisture
• Excessive handling of wrapped equipment will increase the likelihood of damaging the sterile barrier and may
lead to contamination
NOTE See the instructions for use supplied with the sterilization wrap for maximum shelf-life information

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