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The Instrument Whisperer Has Spoken Tips on dealing with instrument repair and maintenance. T he Instrument Whisperer. That's what they call Rick Schultz, the author of The World of Surgical Instruments: The Definitive Inspection Textbook, a 500-plus-page illustrat- ed guide to inspecting and identifying surgical instruments. From tungsten carbide needle holders to stainless steel forceps, the book features more than 1,100 high-resolution images that demon- strate everything from how to inspect the gaskets and latches on ster- ilization containers, to how to identify inspection points and damaged instruments. It should be required reading for you and your reproces- sors. Here are a few of the many pearls you'll find. Know your instrument repair costs. Few know their instru- ment repair costs, and that's a problem. Do you have an hourly rate model or an annual capitation agreement with your repair ven- dor? Yes, repair pricing can be confusing. Here are a few of the criti- cal questions Mr. Schultz suggests you ask your potential repair ven- 1 3 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 8 Infection Prevention Weston "Hank" Balch, CRCST, CER, CIS, CHL • INSTRUMENT ATLAS Rick Schultz's illustrated guide to conquering the world of surgical instrument inspection.

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