Medical Fiber Optic Cable Care

Intended Use:
Fiber optic cables transmit illumination from a light source to a surgical instrument or headlight. Our fiber optic cables are compatible in light sources with power ratings of up to 300 watt xenon.

With proper treatment and care, our fiber optic cables can stay in service for a long period of time. Do not stretch the cable, form configurations involving sharp angles or kinks, or place in contact with sharp objects. Do not put anything on the cable. Do not allow the optical faces to come in contact with the floor and keep it free from fingerprints, foreign matter, and scratches. Hold the cable by the strain reliever when removing it from a light source. Discontinue using the cable if the outer sheathing is punctured.

Clean visible debris with a moist cloth or soft bristled brush moistened with a neutral pH enzymatic cleaner or mild soap and water. Avoid using synthetic detergents or oil-based soap. Rinse it thoroughly in warm tap water and then rinse with distilled water.

Our fiber optic cables can be repeatedly sterilized in the following types of sterilizers: STERRAD® Systems - 100NX, 100S, 50, 200; STERIS System 1®; and steam sterilized in a prevacuum sterilizer for 3 minutes at 134 degrees C with a 20 minute dry time. Sterilize the cable separately. Place the cable in an approved sterilization tray. Do not place in a Tyvek® pouch in STERRAD® systems. Allow the cable to cool slowly to room temperature after sterilization. Immersing or rinsing in cold liquid will destroy the cable.

Do not look into the optical end when it is connected to a light source. Turn off the light source prior to removing the cable. The light source connector can become hot during use. Do not put the cable end on a patient or bedding. Any xenon light source used should have a minimum of 90% IR filtering to prevent destroying the cable.