While much care is taken in the handling of these probes they are still subjected to mechanical stress due to the sterilization methods or cleaning agents used, such as alcohol or glutaraldehyde.

  • These mechanical stresses can produce pinholes, nicks or cracks in the protective insulation of the probe.
  • Handling of the electrode surgical probe during the surgery may also cause damage to the insulation.
  • There is also a possibility of defects caused to the probe during packaging or that may occur to it during or after being shipped from the manufacturer.