Laser Marking for Medical Devices and Instruments

Posted by Able Electropolishing on October 15, 2014

In the medical field, doctors and other hospital staff use thousands of different instruments every day. To identify and ensure the correct instruments are used for each application, the instruments must have a specific marking on them. Learn more about the benefits of lasermarking for the medical industry, as well as why unique device identifiers are crucial for patient safety, medical staff accountability and overall organization.

 

The Laser Marking Process

The laser marking process is relatively simple and mainly relies on computer software and a laser. To begin lasermarking, a specialist places metal parts or tools, such as scissors or scalpels, under the laser machine. The lasermarking specialist will then use leading software technology to communicate with the laser as to what markings or logos should be engraved into the metal part.

 

What are Unique Device Identifiers?

In 2013, the FDA mandated all medical device manufacturers implement unique device identifiers, or UDIs, to all parts. These identifiers help ensure accurate reporting and organization for medical facilities. Laser marking is often the most ideal method for implementing unique device identifiers, as it is a permanent and does not need re-application, unlike stickers or other markings.

 

Why Do You Need Laser Marking for Your Medical Devices?

Laser marking provides a variety of advantages in the medical industry, including:

 

  1. Improved Patient Safety—Every operation or medical procedure requires specific devices. If the wrong device is used, patients’ safety could be at risk. To ensure the correct instrument is used with specific operations, facilities must have their components marked for easy identification.
  2. Enhanced Accountability—In hospitals or other medical facilities, traceability is crucial to the safety of patients. If an adverse situation does arise, medical parts need an identifying mark to track the part and hold individuals accountable as needed. Lasermarking can help facilitate this system.
  3. Organization—In medical facilities, organization is key. With lasermarked parts, employees can maintain a streamlined process for identification. Employees can simply look up the part location based on specific bar codes, as well as other important information.

 

Electropolishing Treatments for Medical Devices and Instruments

In addition to laser marking, many companies and medical institutions submit their parts for electropolishing. Electropolishing can enhance parts and offer a variety of benefits, including corrosion resistance, deburring, microfinish improvement, ultracleaning and decorative finishing. Following electropolishing treatments, metal parts lifespans are expanded. In addition to electropolishing, metal parts can undergo passivation and titanium anodizing treatments. If you have questions as to which treatment would be advantageous for your medical instruments, ask your metal finishing specialist.

 

For more information on laser marking, as well as other metal finishing treatments, for medical devices, contact Able Electropolishing today. Our team specializes in laser marking to comply with UDI requirements.