(b) The joint does not move freely.
(c) The sharp edge has a nick or chip, or is dull. To test a sharp-edged
jointed instrument, see if it will cut smoothly through a piece of moistened gauze roller
bandage in one closing action. Wire scissors should cut smoothly through a piece of
wire with one closing and using the tip of the scissors.
(a) The sharp points are bent out of normal shape, broken, or dull.
(b) The points of jointed sharp-pointed instruments do not meet
correctly. A magnifying glass may also be used to observe the condition of the point.
(a) The lens cover is cracked or cloudy.
(b) Scratches and other defects appear on the metal, either inside or
outside the cannulas and other areas.
Wiring or connectors are loose.
(d) Bulbs are burned out. Replace according to manufacturer's
There may be a possible defect in the light carrier or power source when
a replaced bulb does not light.
(e) The wire covering has a break.
(f) A grayish or spotted area appears instead of a clear, bright, lighted
area when looking in a fiberoptic scope. (When some of the fiberoptic fibers have been
damaged, a portion of the lighted area in the scope will appear gray or darker. The size
of this area and the degree of darkness will depend upon the number of fibers
g. Use these specific guidelines for needles:
(1) Special procedure and hypodermic needles. Most hypodermic needles
are disposable. Special needles that are reusable are reprocess as described.
Sort needles according to type, gage, and length.
(b) Inspect the needles and stylets for straightness and the bevel for
hooks, burrs, and sharpness. Pull the bevel of the needle and stylet over the surface of