RE: safety scalpels

From:"George, Cheryl" <>

There are some disposable 'sheathed' scalpels on the market now.  My
understanding is that they are very expensive.

And Bob,  you can use the rounded kindergartner scissors as long as you
promise not to run with them.

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> From:[]
> Sent: 	Friday, November 17, 2000 2:44 PM
> To:
> Subject: 	Re: safety scalpels
> Rick Viprino at St Joseph Medical Center in Reading, Pennsylviania asks:
> >>Does anyone have any suggestions for complying with OSHA regulations 
> concerning the sharps issue (scalpels and blades) in the pathology lab?
> Are 
> there any safety scalpels that are recommended more than others for
> pathology 
> labs?<<
> Uh-oh - do the Herrn Inspektors now prescribe dull blades for
> pathologists? - 
> Back to the old single-edge safety razor blades, I guess.
> Indeed, there are blades with rounded ends made for pathologists. I've
> used 
> them a time or two and they're an abomination. Next thing they'll want us 
> using dull-ended kindergarten style scissors.
> One of the biggest hazards of disposable blades is taking them off the
> blade 
> handles when they get dull. Whatever Lipshaw is called this week used to
> have 
> a $7 widget that greatly facilitated this process. I had one of them for a
> while but left it with a client in my travels.
> Bob Richmond
> Samurai Pathologist (still with a sharp blade)
> Knoxville TN

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