Bailey Instruments Ltd was established in 1989 in Manchester, England and is one of the UK's leading manufacturers of podiatric surgical instruments.
The company also runs a reputable showroom in Manchester, England for healthcare personnel.
As a family owned private company, they can respond quickly to changing clinician needs and work with their distribution partners to deliver innovations globally.
Quality is Guaranteed
Baileys have a reputation in the field for product knowledge, quality, delivery and service.
Their stainless steel instruments, for example, have an incredible 0.06% return rate!
The company is committed to providing quality and service through the application of the principles of quality management as embodied in ISO9001:2000, the Medical Devices Directive and related standards. Baileys have been accredited the ISO9001:2008 Quality Management standard.
Stainless Steel Instruments
The ideal material for surgical instruments would be shock resistant, economical, available in a wide range of thickness and finishes, able to be sharpened to a fine edge, possess outstanding corrosion resistance, have no distortion after heat treatment and have high wear capability.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to have all these qualities in one material. Therefore a compromise has to be reached. Different instruments require different steel grades. A cutting edge would be made from softer steel than an instrument used for grasping.
Although other grades of stainless steel are sometimes used, 420 grade provides a good compromise for surgical instruments. The comparable grade in German Steel is X20Cr13.
420 grade stainless steel is more corrosion resistant than carbon steel and can be sharpened to a keen edge. It is resistant to the atmosphere, fresh water, dilute acids and alkalis, and fruit and vegetable juices. 420 stainless steel needs to be heated above 1600F to avoid cracking when forging the steel and be continually reheated above this when working with it. As a result, 420 grade stainless steel will not withstand robust work at colder temperatures, as it is likely to crack.