Traditional Scalpel vs. PenBlade™ Transcript
In this video I am going to compare the PenBlade to a traditional steel scalpel. These scalpels are widely used in the operating room. This device is over 100 years old. It has a nice steel handle and is intuitive to experienced surgeons, but does not provide safety to less experienced providers. Additionally there are no safety covers or sheaths.
Contrast with the PenBlade, activation is intuitive. Retraction is simple, convenient and no look. This encourages safe retraction of the blade in the operating room reducing the risk of injuries for technicians and other assisting with surgery.
The PenBlade is also ergonomic, comfortable and provides stability in the grip when you cut, unlike current safety scalpels and comparable to the tradition steel scalpel used in the operating room.
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.
Tradition Scalpel vs PenBlade™
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