Surgical Instrument Resources

The success of every Sterile Processing department (SPD) and, ultimately, every medical procedure depends on the quality of surgical instruments provided. HSPA provides access to two unique resources to cover the handling, identification and testing of these instruments, allowing SP professionals to enhance their career with a specialty in surgical instrumentation.


Instrument Resource Manual, 1st Edition

The Instrument Resource Manual provides detailed information about surgical instrument handling; including instrument inspection points, testing processes and other information that will enhance instrument skills. Readers will gain invaluable knowledge ranging from identifying specific instrumentation to improving performance outcomes in the Sterile Processing department (SPD) related to surgical instrument processing and maintenance. This unique SP resource provides a balance of helpful text and detailed photographs to help SP professionals become experts in surgical instrument identification, inspection, maintenance and more. Detailed photographs and specifications of more than 15 categories of surgical instrumentation and devices will help SP professionals to build their confidence and elevate their expertise to become an instrument specialist in their department. This resource provides the tools necessary to ensure safe handling of surgical instrumentation that will lead to positive patient outcomes.

This book is recommended reading for the Certified Instrument Specialist exam.


World of Surgical Instruments - The Definitive Inspection Textbook

The purpose of this book is to assist Sterile Processing (SP) personnel, Surgery personnel, and surgical technicians in identifying critical inspection points for surgical instruments. In addition, each instrument’s proper name, length, use, and sharpness test standards are described. The idea for this book originated from the hundreds of lectures Rick Schultz has given throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. Proper inspection and testing of surgical instruments improve quality, which not only benefits the patient but also serves as an ergonomic gain for the healthcare institution.

Executing a surgical procedure takes teamwork and knowledge. This illustrated textbook completes the circle of knowledge and helps supply the surgeon with instruments that have been properly inspected and safe to use.

This book is recommended reading for the Certified Instrument Specialist exam.



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Instrument Resource Manual$120$135
World of Surgical Instruments $135$150

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Instrument Resource Manual, 1st Edition

  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgements
  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Surgical Instruments
  • Chapter 2: Human Factors in Instrument Processing
  • Chapter 3: Instrument Stewardship: The Role of Instrument Team Members
  • Chapter 4: Central Service Technicians and Their Role in Instrument Maintenance and Repair
  • Chapter 5: Safety for Patients and Instrument Technicians
  • Chapter 6: Improving Performance Outcomes
  • Chapter 7: Soiled Instruments
  • Chapter 8: Preparing Medical Devices for Use
  • Chapter 9: Packaging
  • Chapter 10: Factors Influencing Medical Device Disinfection/Sterilization Process
  • Chapter 11: The Instrument Information System
  • Chapter 12: General Instrumentation
  • Chapter 13: Obstetrics and Gynecological Instrumentation
  • Chapter 14: Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Instrumentation
  • Chapter 15: Dental Instrumentation
  • Chapter 16: Ophthalmic (Eye) Instrumentation
  • Chapter 17: Cardiovascular and Thoracic Instrumentation
  • Chapter 18: Laparoscopic Instrumentation
  • Chapter 19: Urology Instrumentation
  • Chapter 20: Robotic Instrumentation
  • Chapter 21: Endoscopes and Probes
  • Chapter 22: Powered Surgical Instruments
  • Chapter 23: Orthopedic Instrumentation
  • Chapter 24: Neurosurgical and Spinal Surgery Instrumentation
  • Chapter 25: Surgical Implants and Instruments
  • Chapter 26: Transplant and Trauma Instrumentation
  • Chapter 27: Loaned Instrumentation
  • Glossary
  • Index


The World of Surgical Instruments – The Definitive Inspection Textbook

  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Surgical Grade vs. Floor Grade (Economy) Instruments
  • Instrument Care and Handling
  • Scissors
  • Needle Holders
  • Laparoscopic
  • Hemostatic/Ring-Handled Forceps
  • Retractors
  • Cardiac
  • Orthopedic
  • Neur
  • OB/GYN
  • Tissue/Dressing Forceps
  • ENT
  • Suction Tubes
  • Arthroscopy
  • Urology
  • Dental
  • Instruments/Containers/Cases
  • How to Measure
  • Sharpness Test Standards
  • Care and Handling
  • Repair
  • Trademarks
  • Glossary
  • Index