Published Articles

Industry Articles Showcasing Rick Schultz’s Expertise Regarding Surgical Instruments

Rick Schultz, The Instrument Whisperer has authored hundreds of articles over the last 33 years in national and international publications. The links included on this page are a small sampling from IAHCSMM's Communique. With knowledge from these articles, you will raise patient safety, reduce infections, and produce cleaner instruments.

  • Making the Cut: Scissors 101
    • Learn scissor types
    • Learn proper scissor testing
    • Understand correct tape application
  • Care and Maintenance of Kerrison Rongeurs
    • Understanding how to measure
    • Learn key inspection points
    • Demonstrate how to test sharpness
  • Laparoscopic Instruments Costly and Difficult to Clean
    • List generations of lap instruments
    • Learn key inspection points
    • Recognize different handle styles
  • Sharp Instruments Are Safe Instruments
    • Understand repair/sharpness frequency
    • Learn sharpness testing standards
    • Demonstrate how to test scissors
  • Key Inspection Areas for Common GYN Instruments Instruments
    • Learn key inspection points
    • Describe differences between Graves and Pederson
    • Understand different instrument finishes
  • Proper Inspection of Self Retaining and Hand-held Retractors
    • Learn difference between self-retaining and hand-held retractors
    • Describe key inspection points
    • List common retractors
  • First Impression... Last Impression
    • Learn proper needle holder inspection
    • Understand why Kerrisons stick
    • Learn the difference between red and yellow scissor test material