[Histonet] Cryostat disposable blades
Stephen Peters M.D.
petepath <@t> yahoo.com
Thu Apr 7 15:18:50 CDT 2005
We use accu edge and have found them to work well. I could not resist offering this excerpt from my frozen section tutorial.
I find that I always get my best quality section with a new sharp blade. I think some of
the places we try to save money in medicine are a bit "pound foolish". Your
patients surgery is costing thousands of dollars. Hundreds of dollars are spent
on disposables including lap pads, gloves, sponges, drapes, cautery, needles, needle magnets, BP cuff, IV tubing,
..We are conserving pennies on what may be the
most important decision impacting on the procedure. Yet some will risk quality by trying
to get "20 shaves" out of a disposable blade.
In my practice I treat every patient to a new section of blade. I will change it as soon as
my section quality begins to fall. Some tissues such as tough collagenous tissues or
calcified tissues will quickly dull the blade. If I'm having trouble getting a good section
with a new blade on occasion I have changed to a second new blade and easily
prepared a quality section.
Safety Tip If you cut yourself on a blade used on only one patient, you will
have minimized your risk of transmittable disease. If you cut yourself on a blade that
has been used for days, it is like sleeping with numerous partners......without the fun! In
this day and age of doing FNA's with ridiculously flexible long safety needles and
using annoying safety scalpels we can justify using a sharp blade for safety reasons.....
and get the benefit of awesome frozens every time!
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