Wood isn't always porous, it depends of the tree species it is gained from. Besides, before it is used under any form, it undergoes different kinds of treament in order to provide it with or enhance its natural possibilities of use. If its density allows it to absorb body fluids, it will absorb cleaning and decontaminent agents too. And the autoclave vapor as well...
This doesn't mean that it should be or remain a standard practice to use instruments containing wood. Furthermore, if you don't have anything else it will do. They did the job in the past and as far as I can remember there weren't more infections than nowadays.
Nevertheless, the argument you've been hammered with is the excuse of the stupid
or narrow minded
Practices have to be evaluated on a regular basis. If a process that has been used for ever proves to be faulty it has to be changed. That's common sense and standard practice in every industry. This doesn't mean that everything that's new is gold either. mankind, especially nowadays tends to be overenthousiastic about new things or practices: just take a look at your next best known geek
! It is not always easy to remain cool headed and say let's wait a bit and see what the results are over time.
But as one of our French philosophers (it's pascal if I remember wel from highschool) said: "Common sense is the most widespread yet the most poorly shared matter".
Don't worry about that. Offer the surgeon first the wrapped ones
, keep the coils nearby and them over only if he/she really wants them; that way you'll be on the safe side
I hope that my little post will help you.