RE:microtome knife safety

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From:"Buttigieg Carmen at MOH" <>, "Marylou Pohl" <>
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All of my Histotechnologists have been through this experience. We just call a 
mark of the trade, some kind of initiation since it usually happens during their 
first year here. We have tried knife guards but their are not practical. Any 
kind of gloves are impossible to work with. The only good thing about it is that 
once it happens, they really understand what the knife can do and they are more 
careful. It rarely ever happens with the more experienced workers.

One thing that reduced the frequency of incidents was when we changed from 
knives to disposable blades. This must be due to the fact that they simply are 
smaller and there are no sharp edges jutting out beyond the cental cutting area.

I'll be on the lookout for other interesting ideas.

St. Luke's Hospital

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