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Box Cutter (Retractable) Scalpel vs. PenBlade™ Transcript

In this video I’m going to talk about sliding or box cutter type safety scalpel of which this is an example. The user typically activates this scalpel with the thumb and then repositions to cut and then has to reposition the hand again tto retract the blade. This discourages safe retraction of the blade, when a provider is in a hurry or focused on other elements of the procedure.
Contrast that with the PenBlade. The activation is intuitive, like a pen. The repositioning is intuitive, as we do it with other pen. The blade retraction is convenient, because the retraction button is located where the fingers are in the cutting position.
Another feature of the PenBlade is that it is easily used left or right handed, it is an ambidextrous device.
The sliding or box cutter-type scalpel are generally designed for right hand use. Therefore, if I am to activate it with my left hand the scalpel is not in the appropriate cutting position and reposition requires even more manipulation of the device.
Safety activation requires even more manipulation of the device.
Next, I’m going to talk about the stability of the box cutter or sliding blade type. There is not as much rigidity in the handle and there is not as much stability in the plastic where the blade is attached. Contrast that with the PenBlade. The triangular, ergonomic design provides stability in the handle and rigidity in the plastic where the blade is attached, improving accuracy and dexterity and strength in the cut.
Finally, I am going to talk about the patented suture trimming groove, a feature not available in other safety scalpels. This feature reduces the cost of instrumentation by eliminating sterile suture trimming scissors and also encourage safety in scalpel use, by the provider, because the blade is in the retracted and safe position when trimming the suture lengths.
Here is an example with a central venous catheter. Imagine if the catheter was placed in the patient’s neck, in the jugular vein, and I am trimming this suture. If I use a traditional scalpel I have to expose the blade. If I use any of the available safety scalpels I have to expose the blade. Using the patented PenBlade suture trimming Groove I don’t have to expose the blade. I simply articulate the suture lengths with the blade, via the groove, and safely trim the suture.

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