Archive Patient Safety 2011

Are Safety Scalpels Making the Cut With Surgeons and Nurses?

Our exclusive survey shows that it remains an uphill battle to convert from traditional scalpels.

Ron Stoker

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To better understand your perspectives about safety scalpels, Outpatient Surgery Magazine and the International Sharps Injury Prevention Society (ISIPS) jointly conducted a survey of 186 operating room clinicians. Among other key findings: the discovery that 60% of respondents reported safety scalpels were not being used at their facility, despite their being encouraged to do so by OSHA. Why is that, and what might help drive that change?

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