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Every instrument has a purpose

Updated: Aug 2, 2022

Have you ever wondered what a surgical instrument is used for or tried to understand if an instrument should be used in a specific tray?

Many instruments seem similar but are used for different purposes.

We partnered with GMDN Agency (an information provider to the FDA) to empower you with information about the purpose and usage of surgical instruments.

The GMDN ‘widget’ contains purpose and usage information for all the instruments listed at SID.

You will find the information next to the instrument details widget.

As an example, the information for the Super cut Metzenbaum dissecting scissors depicted on the right goes like this:

Purpose / Use General-purpose surgical scissors, reusable A non-dedicated, hand-held manual surgical instrument designed to cut a variety of tissues during open surgery; it is not dedicated to surgery at a specific anatomy/body orifice nor does it have a single clinical intended use. It might in addition be intended for cutting sutures or other materials associated with surgery. It is comprised of two pivoted shearing blades with handles, whereby the blades cut as the sharpened edges pass one another as they are closed. It is typically made of metal and is available in various designs and sizes, and some types can have carbide inserts along the cutting edges. This is a reusable device intended to be sterilized prior to use.

We hope you will find it valuable and helpful.

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