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This surgical instrument detector was designed to help you reduce your costly surgical instrument losses which occur evwry day during surgical suite cleanup in hospitals and surgery centers nationwide. This surgical instrument detector will detect most surgical instruments which can get easily mixed in with laundry and surgical suite waste during surgical suite clean up. Many small, medium and large hospitals are taking a more proactive approach using this unit to help them reduce these totally unnecessary and costly surgical instrument losses. Tools and instruments get inadvertently or carelessly discarded during surgical suite waste everyday across the nation. This detector has been proven to significantly help hospitals reduce hospital operating costs by keeping these costly instruments in service and not in a city landfill. This detector is easy to use and allows steralization personell to rapidly scan trash and laundry bags for accidentally discarded surgical steel instruments using a special discrimination setting that alerts sterilization personnel that surgical steel is present in the trash bag before it's permanently disposed of. When one stops for a minute to consider the facts and probability of why these instrument losses keep occurring every day in hospitals across the country, it can be summed up with one simple answer...Basic Mathematics, and you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure it out. In any given typical surgery an estimated 250–300 surgical tools are used. The number significantly increases to 600 when a larger surgery is performed, thus increasing the chances of losing an instrument somewhere along the line. Best of all, you only have to make a one time investment to take better control of these reoccurring, totslly unnecessary, costly losses!

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Model Number: DC-SID08


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This Surgical Instrument Detector has been developed to help hospitals lower there operating cost by reducing surgical instrument losses. Expensive re-usable stainless steel implements, often costing hundreds and even thousands of dollars, are regularly discarded during surgical suite clean up. The replacement costs alone can exceed tens-of-thousands of dollars per year. This hospital metal detector was developed to address this need. It provides a fast, inexpensive method of scanning medical waste bags and is also an excellent deterrent against employees who negligently discard equipment. It can also be used to scan laundry bags for concealed metal objects which may have gotten mixed in during clean up.


These unnecessary hospital losses can easily be prevented by simply dropping biohazardous and surgical suite trash bags through the detectors upper sensor band. Surgical suite laundry can be scanned in the same way. The screening procedure is fast and easy and will prevent costlly instruments from getting permanently discarded. The detector will alarm when a surgical instrument or tool gets passed through the upper band provided there is enough metal mass to register. Because of the larger than normal size waste bags used in most hospitals today, we unfortunately, had to sacrifice a little sensitivity in order to accommodate these bags. The detector as effective as it may be will not detect 100% of all your surgical implements. This is due in part to instrument which are to small or have a very low metal content. Some instruments may also contain a combination of both ferrous and nonferrous metals, making the metal content in some cases so low that neither metal type may be detectable in either mode. (i.e., discriminate mode or the all-metal-mode). However, for the most part the detector will do a reasonably good job of detecting most of your medium to large size instruments which do get inadvertently tossed into the trash, and fortunately these instruments happen to be the more costlier ones. Some other costly tools which have been reported to have been found are drill-parts, which we were told cost around $9,000 dollars to replace. and robot clips just to mention a few. A variable sensitivity adjustment with microprocessor controlled electronics enable personell to have the unit up and running in a matter of seconds. For example, the most commonly used mode is the discriminate mode which will only detect ferrous type metals while ignoring all other non-ferrous metals which may be inside the waste bag. This allows objects such as bulldog clips to be targeted while ignoring other metal objects such as aluminum sharps pouches and copper electrode wires, etc. A second control option permits for detection of all-metals types. This operating mode can be useful for inspecting laundry bags which occasionally may have implements which got mixed in.


  • Microprocessor controlled with unique full-surround detection sensor
  • All Metal and stainless steel detection
  • Adjustable sensitivity control
  • Supply voltage 110/220 VAC Wall Adapter
  • Dimensions: 34.5 inches high by 30.5 inches in diameter
  • Weight: Approx 50 lbs.

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