Color Coding System

img_SIB_RH3SURG-I-BAND® Color Coding

In 1961, Dennis R. Scanlan, Jr. invented the Surg-I-Band® Color Coding System. Scanlan was the first company to introduce color coding as a fast, easy, and safe way to identify surgical instruments. Since then, the Surg-I-Band® color coding system has grown to include spools, dispensers, removers,  a carousel, pre-cut sheet labels and our new addition of 40 designs on spools.

Surg-I-Band® color coding is used throughout the world by thousands of hospitals and surgery centers. Sterile processing and operating room personnel count on and rely on the quality Surg-I-Band® offers when looking for a solution to instrument color coding and tracking.

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The Scanlan Group is a unique combination of enterprising businesses dedicated to providing the highest quality products and services to the medical community. Designed to work independently and confidentially, each company is built on a wealth of knowledge gained from working with leading medical professionals since 1921.


Scanlan International, Inc.

Committed to the design and manufacture of the highest quality surgical instrumentation


Surgical Technologies, Inc.

Contractual support to medical device manufacturers


McLean Medical and Scientific, Inc.

McLean Medical and Scientific, Inc., specializes in providing the finest surgical instrumentation to customer’s exact specifications.


Scanlan Group B.V. 

Authorized European Representative Program and Regulatory Assistance