Problem Regardless of when scalpel injuries take place- they occur due to a sharp tip scalpel blade. Safety scalpels, currently available on the market, cannot prevent injuries during use or when exposed because these scalpels are loaded with a sharp tipped blade. Scalpel blades are more likely than needles to cause deep or otherwise severe injuries due to their sharp tips.
Solution Round tip scalpel blades are recommended as a solution for reducing percutaneous injuries by the the CDC, AORN and EPINET of the University of Virginia's International Healthcare Worker Safety Center.
Facts In a recent study nearly 69.8% of the scalpel injuries occurred during use.
Problem Regardless of when scalpel injuries take place- they occur due to a sharp tip scalpel blade. Safety scalpels, currently available on the market, cannot prevent injuries during use or when exposed because these scalpels are loaded with a sharp-tipped blade.
Solution The CDC, AORN and EPINET recommend round tip scalpel blades as a solution for preventing sharps injuries.
The SAFhandleTM safety scalpel blades have a round tip to prevent sharp injuries when the scalpel is in use or exposed.
Facts Scalpel blades are more likely than needles to cause deep injuries due to their sharp tips.
Product category: Scalpels and accessories, Scalpel blades
Reusable Safety Scalpel
Matches the feel of conventional scalpels. No change in technique. ‘No-touch’ blade removal.
Problem There are usability problems that deter surgeons from accepting the sheathed or retractable scalpel designs. It’s a well known fact that surgeons prefer to use conventional reusable scalpel handles.
However, conventional reusable scalpel handles are unsafe because removal of blades is a difficult, hence risky procedure. Blades may sometimes break. Blade remover devices are expensive.
Solution In recognition of this, AORN in its 2011 document ‘Sharps Safety in the OR-Lets Walk the Talk,’ AORN endorses, “Use next generation safety scalpel handles that will work with the any standard blade.”
The SAFhandleTM reusable metal safety scalpel has the exact shape, dimensions, weight, grip and balance of a conventional scalpel and does not require the surgeon to change their technique.
The SAFhandleTM reusable safety scalpel allows for ‘no-touch’ removal of blade, in compliance with OSHA and CDC requirements. It dispenses with the need for blade remover devices. The SAFhandleTM safety scalpel requires very little training to use (see video). The handle prevents the possibility of the blade breaking during procedure or disassembly.
The SAFhandleTM reusable safety scalpel, used in conjunction with work practice controls such as hands free transfer trays or neutral zones, offers the optimum balance between employee safety and the delivery of optimal healthcare to patients.
Facts According to Outpatient Surgery Magazine’s online poll on the rate of conversion of currently available safety scalpels in healthcare facilities, “Out of 57 responses, nearly three- fourths reported futility in trying to convert their surgeons to safety scalpels: 25 percent can’t even get surgeons to trial them and another 44 percent say their surgeons tried, but didn’t like them.”
Problem Safety features of safety scalpels are frequently not activated and blade tips are left exposed, leading to injury during use, hand to hand passing or after use.
Solution The SAFhandleTM retractable safety scalpels are fitted with SAFhandleTMround tip safety blades to ensure protection at all times.
Facts Of the 1,700 recorded scalpel injuries, 19% occurred during safety device activation; 7% of those injuries occurred because the user improperly activated the safety device. In 27% of recorded injuries, the user did not activate the safety feature at all.
Problem According to most surgeons, the retractable shields and other safety mechanisms interfere with their view of the blade and make the devices a bad choice for a deep incision.
Solution The SAFhandleTM disposable safety scalpels are fitted with the SAFhandleTMround tip safety blades to provide protection when scalpels are in use. The elimination of shields and buttons enables the SAFhandleTM disposable safety scalpel to be used where these mechanisms would obstruct the use of the scalpel.
Facts Users seek a simple safety solution without active safety mechanisms.
Jai Surgicals Limited is a leader in the innovation of SAFETY MEDICAL DEVICES developed with the Patient and Health Care Worker needs in mind and with a special focus on the prevention of accidental SHARPS INJURIES.
It has demonstrated this commitment by pioneering the development of a SAFETY DISPOSABLE SCALPEL- one of the most successful designs in the market today.
At MEDICA, Jai Surgicals Limited is introducing a SAFETY REUSABLE METAL SCALPEL HANDLE, a revolutionary re-thinking of the traditional metal handle, based on an understanding of best global practices and user needs. A SAFETY STITCH CUTTER is also being introduced to the range of safety products.
Jai Surgicals Limited, with over 35 years of experience, has grown to be one of the leading names in the industry. Our goal is, "MAKING SAFETY AFFORDABLE."