[Histonet] Disposable blade information

Hannen, Valerie Valerie.Hannen <@t> parrishmed.com
Fri Jun 28 11:02:31 CDT 2013

Good Morning all,

I am having to do a cost analysis study for the cost effectiveness of Sharpening steel blades vs. transitioning to disposable blades. I know...what you all are thinking..

"Your're still using steel blades??"...Yes, we are... :).  Our current knife sharpener has some issues, and I have decided to weigh buying a used knife sharpener against

switching to the disposable system.  So... a little background for you. We are a relatively small department, we average @ 50 blocks a day, of various tissues types.

My questions to you are this...and I know that answers will only be  estimations...but it is  a place for me to start.

What would be the average number of disposable blades that I would probably use in a day/ week?  On an average...how many blocks can be cut on each blade?

Has anyone recently made this transitiion? If so, what were some of the challenges??   I'm going to show my lack of knowledge of disposable blades with this next

question...but here it goes.. What is the difference between a low profile blade and a high profile blade...and would I need to buy both??

Ok... my head is hurting...so.. I am going to leave you with all the above questions.

Any and all information, suggestions, etc. will be greatly appreciated!!

   Thanks and have a GREAT day!!

Valerie A. Hannen, MLT(ASCP),HTL,SU(FL)
Histology Section Chief
Parrish Medical Center
951 N. Washington Ave.
Titusville, Florida 32976
Phone:(321) 268-6333 ext. 7506
Fax: (321) 268-6149
valerie.hannen <@t> parrishmed.com

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