A scalpel, otherwise known as a surgical blade, is a small, extremely sharp knife-like object primarily used to perform incisions during surgeries and dissections. Scalpels can be designed to be disposable or reusable, the difference being that the reusable scalpels can be re-sharpened or replaceable.
AccuPoint offers the disposable type, which is only meant for a single use and is then discarded. This type of scalpel is pre-sterilized and comes in a pack of ten.
BENEFITS OF SCALPELS
Pre-sterilized by Gamma radiation and are ready to use right away.
Reduces the chance of infection if used only once and then properly disposed of.
Extremely sharp and enable surgeons to easily make clean, exact incisions.
Comes in packages of ten to reduce packaging waste.
Eliminates the possibility of becoming dull or damaged as they are only used a single time, which ensures that the medical professional will be using a more effective medical instrument during surgery.
AccuPoint™ Scalpels can be made out of a variety of materials, the most common of these being hardened and tempered steel, high carbon steel or stainless steel. Other materials used include titanium, ceramic, obsidian or diamond.
TYPES OF SCALPELS
AccuPoint™ disposable scalpels, also referred to as disposable surgical blades, are packed in sealed, pre-sterilized pouches of 10 pieces per box.
What are scalpels used for?
A scalpel’s primary purpose is to perform incisions during surgeries and dissections. However, they have been known to be used for other purposes such as arts and crafts. The latter is not recommended by AccuPoint as it is not the intended use of our particular kind of scalpel.
Can I reuse a scalpel?
No. These specific scalpels were only meant for a single use; after which they should be disposed of.
How are the scalpels sterilized?
They are sterilized using gamma radiation. This is a similar process to X-rays - both are a form of electromagnetism; however gamma radiation uses higher energy.
Should I sharpen my scalpels before or after using them?
No. Since the scalpels that AccuPoint offers come ready to use straight out of the package, there is no need to sharpen them before using. Doing so could even potentially damage the blades, as they are not meant to be sharpened. The act of sharpening them result in a less sharp, less smooth, non-sterile product. In answer to whether one should sharpen them after using them, the answer remains no. Since scalpels are only meant to be used a single time, there is no reason for you to sharpen them post-use as they should be immediately discarded.
What should I do if the package is damaged or broken in some way?
If the package is damaged or broken the sterilization process will have been compromised. Immediately dispose of the entire package of scalpels, they are no longer fit for medical or any other purposes.