Sandel Medical Industries LLC (Chatsworth, CA) offers a “Total Sharps Safety System” comprised of a variety of innovative products. Their disposable Weighted Safety Scalpel has a shield that slides over the knife blade when it is not in use. The simple shield covers the knife blade and has a lockable safety shield button (top or bottom) that confirms activation with an audible click. This design feature provides protection for both nurse and surgeon when passing scalpels during surgery and complies with OSHA regulations as a safety-engineered device. The safety scalpel also has the weight of a reusable scalpel, so as not to compromise the tactile feel and sharpness demanded by surgeons.
For added safety in the handling of scalpels, Sandel offers the Z-Tray and Stretch-A-Tray instrument passing trays. These trays permit “hands free” transfer of scalpels and other sharps in the sterile field. The trays feature oval shaped sides and staggered bottoms that provide easy pick up and handling of scalpels. The Stretch-A-Tray also expands from eight to 12 inches in length to hold virtually any size scalpel and longer instruments. Also available is the Disposable Friction Mat, a highly visible orange pad that provides a neutral zone and non-skid surface on which to place sharps.
For additional scalpel safety, MYCO Medical also markets the Qlicksmart scalpel blade removal system. The Qlicksmart is a safe, convenient and extremely easy to use device. The scalpel handle and blade are inserted into the slot in the front of the device and advanced until the “click” is heard. The handle is then withdrawn and the blade remains sealed inside the leak-proof flask for later disposal. The system works with any manufacturer’s flat handles and all manufacturers’ standard surgical blades up to size 25, allowing surgeons to use the scalpel handles and blades to which they are accustomed. The flask will hold up to 100 blades.
The Personna Plus blades are available on Personna Plus Disposable Scalpels, on Personna Safety Scalpels and on the Personna Plus Safety Scalpel system. The Personna Plus Safety Scalpel system offers reusable metal handles with the same weight and feel as traditional scalpels, but with a disposable blade cartridge.
The Bard-Parker Protected Blade Systems from BD (Franklin Lakes, NJ) feature durable, reusable metal handles and protected surgical blades. These safety scalpels help to minimize the risk of surgical blade injury before and after use without compromising standard technique. Specifically designed with the weight and feel that clinicians prefer, the scalpels provide convenient and easy one-handed activation of the protective shield.
The scalpel system offers a unique, clear locking shield with a top activation button for easy left- or right-handed activation. The button’s audible click and tactile sensation confirm that the lock is in place. The blade remains covered during both assembly and disposal to help prevent accidental contact with the blade.