There are many and various reasons why stainless steel is one of the best materials that should be used for surgical instruments. Read on to learn why.
Stainless steel is the term used to describe a family of engineering materials which is characterized mainly by being extremely versatile.
It is a material that is selected for the realization and fabrication of many projects primarily for its corrosion and heat resistant properties.
All stainless steels contain a minimum of 10.5% chromium, which reacts with oxygen and moisture in the environment to form a protective, adherent and coherent oxide film that envelops the entire surface.
It is a completely solid material and is not a type of coating, but it has the advantage that many objects can be damaged with the material to provide extra protection.
Stainless steel is 100% recyclable which makes it an environmentally friendly material.
Reasons to use Stainless Steel in operating rooms
There are many and various reasons why engineers, doctors and scientists consider stainless steel to be one of the best materials that can and should be used in the manufacture of materials that are used inside an operating room or surgical suite.
Due to the invisible chromium oxide layer that protects stainless steel materials, making them stain and corrosion-resistant, stainless steel is also the ideal choice for hospitals and other hygienic conditions.
The top 3 reasons for using this material within these rooms are as follows:
Sanitary and hospital safety
Stainless steel equipment is considered the safest choice for healthcare and hospital facilities.
This is mainly due to the many sanitary benefits of its use in infection control programs, as well as the durability and design versatility it offers.
This material has the great advantage of being easily and effectively cleaned to reduce the bacteria that cause viruses and hospital contamination.
Some of the equipment most regularly manufactured using this material are surgical sinks, warming cabinets, operating room cabinets, pass-through cabinets and nurse documentation stations.
Stainless steel has a non-porous surface and for this reason, the various bacteria and viruses that live inside the hospital and even stains cannot penetrate the material.
The hospital cleaning staff will disinfect the surfaces of cabinets, tables or counters with an antibacterial cleaner almost immediately.
Even if harsh chemicals are used during cleaning and disinfection, the surface remains unaffected.
In addition, stainless steel resists corrosion and will not rust, so it will continue to look clean for many years of use.
One of the most important abilities that can be appreciated in stainless steel is its tremendous ability to be able to heal itself.
The chromium content with which it is manufactured gives it the ability to allow an invisible film of chromium oxide to form on the surface of the steel.
If the stainless steel, for example, is damaged due to exposure to oxygen, even in small amounts, it will self-heal, regardless of whether the damage is mechanical and chemical.
When other elements, such as nickel, nitrogen and molybdenum, are added during the manufacturing process, the corrosion-resistant properties of this element increase.
Although there are currently more than 60 different grades of steel available to choose from, they are all clearly divided into five classes that are identified by the alloying elements that are added to improve or strengthen their properties.
Another advantage that is considered important with respect to the use of stainless steel materials is the advantage this material possesses in strength to weight over other materials.
Due to the material's unique ability to resist corrosion, heat damage and chemical damage, high strength duplex grades provide additional strength, allowing for reduced material thickness, which provides a cost advantage over conventional grades of steel.
Within the large medical industry, this product is used in places where high corrosion resistance, strength, manufacturing accuracy, reliability and hygiene are needed as all these aspects are of vital importance.
In general, its use for the manufacture of materials requires additional time and special care on the part of those in charge.
Products made from this material are often left unpainted, so special care must be taken to avoid scratches and imperfections.
This product provides a hospital grade material that is considered to be low maintenance, corrosion-resistant and attractive.
The alloy can be made into stainless steel plate, bar, wire, sheet and tube, making it ideal for use in the manufacture of surgical instruments and much more.
It provides enhanced protection against corrosion from environmental elements while providing a polished appearance and minimal maintenance.
With a variety of surface finishes, stainless steel can be adapted to various application requirements, while providing the necessary protection and performance.
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