It is not my purpose to enter into a discussion of, or repeat what has been said and written on this subject, but to present a few thoughts that will indicate a way to care for and acquire the use of instruments along a line that will give the operator the kind of knowledge that will enable him to cope with exigencies that may arise.
We should remember, after an operation, to put the instruments where they are perfectly dry and will remain so, to prevent rusting, and where the edges will be kept from being dulled by contact.
Before an operation it is essential that the instrument should be sharp and clean. Boiling is unquestionably the best way to put them in this condition. The cutting edges are not spoiled by the heat, as is believed by some, but by a deposit of material upon the edge of the
DE VILBISS A. CARE AND USE OF INSTRUMENTS. JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(16):1099–1100. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.52470160017002e
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