Archive May 2013 XIV, No. 5

Where Do You Stand With Safety Scalpels?

According to our reader survey, awareness is widespread even if use isn't.

David Bernard, Senior Associate Editor

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— CUTTING EDGE Many physicians resist exchanging traditional scalpels for safety-engineered ones, despite obvious handling risks.

It could be argued that safety scalpels are the most controversial of surgical supplies. Despite the protection they offer against injuries, exposure and costly consequences; despite federal requirements for their use; despite improvements in the once-derided product field, safety scalpels are still a tough sell to physicians. In a survey conducted last month, we asked readers how often safety-engineered scalpels are used in their facilities, and for their best advice on putting them to routine use. Here's what you told us.

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