[Histonet] RE: Disposable blade information

Tom McNemar TMcNemar <@t> lmhealth.org
Fri Jun 28 13:16:29 CDT 2013

I didn't think anybody still used steel knives....  I remember those days....

I would say to get away from the steel as soon as you can.  Disposable will make your life so much easier.

As you already know, it is near impossible to give you anything more than a guestimate but I would imagine that you could get by with one to three per day depending on case mix, staples, sutures, calcifications, etc.  There are so many variables.  It also depends on how many people are cutting those 50 blocks.

There are a lot blades to choose from.  You could probably get by for quite awhile just trying out different samples....

See if you can find a rep that can loan you a blade holder and try some.  The holder will be the biggest upfront expense.

I don't really know what the difference is between the high and low profiles but I suspect not much more than the height.

I have tried many different brands over the years and always go back to the AccuEdge low profile.

Tom McNemar, HT(ASCP)
Histology Co-ordinator
Licking Memorial Health Systems
(740) 348-4163
(740) 348-4166
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-----Original Message-----
From: histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu [mailto:histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu] On Behalf Of Hannen, Valerie
Sent: Friday, June 28, 2013 12:03 PM
To: 'histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu'
Subject: [Histonet] Disposable blade information

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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