Gryphon Instrument Care & Cleaning Instructions

Recommendations for Decontamination and Sterilization of Gryphon Medical Instruments

Gryphon Medical Spinal Punches IFU

Gryphon Medical Aluminum Hand IFU

Gryphon Medical Reusable Surgical Instruments with Silicone Handles IFU

Ultrasonic Cleaning

Ultrasonic cleaning is the most effective and efficient way to clean instruments. To maximize its effectiveness, instruments should be cleaned of all visible debris before they are placed in an ultrasonic cleaner.

When using ultrasonic cleaners:

  • Do not mix dissimilar metals, e.g. chrome and stainless, in the same cycle.
  • Use only designated cleaners.
  • Open all instruments so ratchets and box locks are accessible.
  • Whenever possible, disassemble instruments for optimal cleaning.
  • Avoid piling instruments on top of each other.
  • Remove and rinse off instruments immediately after the cycle is finished.
  • Allow instruments to air-dry.
  • Lubricate all moving parts after cleaning and before sterilization.
  • Use only lubricants specifically designed for surgical instruments.
  • Change the ultrasonic cleaning solution daily.
Surgical instruments

Instrument Checkup

The optimal moment for evaluating the state of instruments is post-cleaning and lubrication, yet prior to the sterilization process. Look out for:


"Sharp tools should cut cleanly and close securely. Check for burrs on the edges. Ensure needle holders and clamps align properly."


Surgical instruments

Lubrication and Autoclaving

Before autoclaving, ensure all instruments undergo thorough cleaning. Lubricate moving components like box locks and hinges adequately, utilizing surgical lubricants rather than industrial oils.

Always sterilize instruments in the open, unlocked position.

We suggest wrapping instruments in fabric before placing them in the container, or placing a cloth at the bottom of the container to soak up any moisture. Ensure the fabric is pH-neutral (with a pH of 7) and doesn't contain any detergent residues.

Please note that chrome-plated instruments may rust if they are not dried and lubricated immediately after sterilization.

Finally, avoid sudden cooling. Instruments should be allowed to air-dry.

Cold Sterilizing or Disinfecting

Prolonged immersion in disinfecting or sterilizing solution can damage surgical instruments. Do not soak instruments for longer than 20 minutes. To render the instruments sterile and ready for use, we recommend using an autoclave.

Avoid BAC

Tools made of tungsten carbide, like wire cutters, needle holders, and TC scissors, should avoid contact with sterilizing solutions containing benzyl ammonium chloride (BAC). BAC has the potential to weaken and break down tungsten carbide. Additionally, refrain from using bleach as it can lead to significant surface damage.


After ensuring instruments are completely dry, keep them in a tidy, dry setting. Avoid placing them in locations where chemicals might release damaging fumes or where fluctuations in temperature and humidity could lead to moisture buildup on the instruments.