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Konig Laparoscopes and Accessories Recommended Cleaning, Sterilization, and Instructions for Use

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Laparoscopes and Accessories – Recommended Cleaning, Sterilization, and Instructions for Use König Laparoscopes and Accessories are intended to be used by qualified physicians to provide access, illumination and visualization of internal structures and for manipulating soft tissue (grasping, cutting, coagulating, dissecting, and suturing) in a wide variety of diagnostic and therapeutic laparoscopic/urologic closed and minimally invasive procedures.  As identified in the Manual of Endoscopy available from the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists: The presence of large pelvic or pelvic-abdominal masses, hypovolemic shock and severe cardiac decompensation. Also, intestinal obstruction and marked bowel distention increase of possibility of pelvic and abdominal adhesions. A significantly elevated diaphragm contra-indicates the use of insufflation which may be necessary for proper surgical visualization and may increase the chance of inadvertent bowel injury. Pelvic abscess, chronic pulmonary disease, diaphragmatic hernia, obesity, and septic peritonitis may exclude some patients from surgical consideration depending on severity of these conditions.  Instructions for Use  Decontamination and Cleaning Initial use of new instruments Every instrument must be cleaned and sterilized before it is used for the first time. These instruments were developed for sterilization by autoclave.  Caution: Federal U.S. laws restrict this device to sale by or on the order of a physician only. Special safety precautions should be observed when using electrosurgical instruments. Electrosurgical instruments can pose a significant shock, burn or explosion hazard if used improperly, incorrectly or carelessly.  Inspection and functional check It is very important to carefully examine each surgical instrument/scope for breaks, cracks or malfunction before use. It is especially essential to check areas such as blades, points, ends, stops and snaps as well as all movable parts. Do not use damaged instruments. Never attempt to make repairs yourself. Service and repairs should be referred to trained qualified persons only.  Caution: Please refer to the labelling and user manual for the electrosurgical generator for additional information on contraindications on electrosurgical or laparoscopic use. Cautions & Warnings Avoid touching or grounding electrosurgical instruments to non-insulated instruments, scopes, trocar sleeves, etc. All persons using such devices should be knowledgeable in the use and handling of laparoscopic instruments, laparoscopes, coagulation equipment, their accessories and other related equipment.  Cleaning and Maintenance Every surgical instrument should be disinfected and thoroughly cleaned after each use. Proper cleaning, inspection and maintenance will help ensure correct function of the surgical instrument. Clean, inspect and test each instrument carefully. Sterilize all instruments before surgery. A good cleaning and maintenance procedure will extend the useful life of the instrument.  Test all instruments, accessories and equipment prior to each use. Written standard operating procedures for cleaning, sterilization, storage, inspection and maintenance of the instruments, accessories and equipment are recommended.  Special attention must be paid to slots, stops, ends, hollow tubes and other highly inaccessible areas. Check insulation, cables and connectors for cuts, voids, cracks, tears, abrasions, etc.  Caution: Do not use electrosurgical instruments on patients with pacemakers. Caution: Do not use in presence of flammable liquids or anesthetics.  Do not use damaged instruments. Cleaning and rinsing must take place immediately after each use for best results. Failure to clean promptly may result in adherent particles or dried secretions that may resist cleaning and complicate or resist future sterilization.  Electrosurgical generators used with these devices are designed to cause destruction of tissue and are inherently dangerous if operated improperly. Follow all safety precautions and instructions supplied by the manufacturer of the electrosurgical generator.  Instruments must be completely cleaned and rinsed of all foreign body matter. Use warm water and a commercially available instrument pre-soak or cleaning agent. Enzymatic cleaners must be used to remove protein deposits. Follow the enzymatic cleaner's instructions and rinse thoroughly.  The electrode tip must always be in full view before activating power. Apply power only when electrode tip is in full contact with the tissue selected for coagulation. Electrode tip must not come in contact with the laparoscope or other metal instruments during use.  NOTE: Do not use corrosive cleaning agents (i.e. bleach). Cleaning solutions and rinses at or near a neutral pH (7.0) are best. Do not use abrasive cleaners. Only a soft bristle brush should be used.  Failure to observe these cautions and contraindications may result in injury, malfunction or other unanticipated occurrences or events for the operator, staff and/or the patient.  1. 2.  Contraindications  3. 4.  Contraindications to endoscopic procedures, not necessarily monopolar coagulation include;  5. 6.  Not intended for contraceptive coagulation of the fallopian tube but may be used to achieve hemostasis following transection of the tube.  19  Immerse the entire device in detergent and clean while soaking. Use a minimum of six strokes out with an instrument brush for all inside channels. Rinse with sterile, deionized water. Repeat this procedure. Instrument may be disinfected in an automated washer up to 203˚F. Rinse thoroughly with distilled water. Prepare for storage and/or sterilization.
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