RE: microtome knife safety

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From:Brown Alex <Alex.Brown@aaaht.scot.nhs.uk>
To:HistoNet <Histonet@pathology.swmed.edu>
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Marylou,
	I have to agree with Terry. The use of cut-resistant gloves would
not be practical, and possibly even introduce an extra hazard in that people
may develope a false sense of security. ( if they even worked that is ) Any
of these gloves I've seen in the past that still allow a modicum of manual
dexterity, have not convinced me of their effectiveness. ( Too much of a
coward to put them to a real  test ). I think education , awareness , care ,
and concentration are the 'golden rules'  ( You can even cut yourself
opening one of those foil containers from the chinese take-away { personal
experience :)  }  Maybe we should adopt the plastic carton idea from the
US/Canada ).
	Alex Brown
	Crosshouse Hospital
	Kilmarnock, Scotland
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From: Marylou Pohl
To: Histonet@pathology.swmed.edu
Subject: microtome knife safety
Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2000 6:12AM

We had 2 incidents of employees knicking their finger on a microtome
knife in the past year.  No stitches, just superficial cuts.  One was
experienced and the other a newer employee.  Our safety committee wants
us to investigate use of special gloves to prevent this. They don't
understand how Histology works.  I think this is overkill and feel that
just being more careful will be a step in the right direction.  I also
know there are knife protectors I could look into however what I've seen
limit the space you have to work.

What are your thoughts out there?  What corrective action would you
take?

thanks.

Marylou Pohl
VAWNYHealthcare System

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