Anzen http://anzenscalpel.com Anzen Safety Scalpel | Surgical Scalpel Mon, 05 Feb 2018 20:37:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.3 The Proof is in the Testing http://anzenscalpel.com/the-proof-is-in-the-testing/ Mon, 29 Jan 2018 19:36:18 +0000 http://anzenscalpel.com/?p=642 By: Adeline Yi, Anzen™ Product Manager Bench testing shows Anzen™ is more like a traditional scalpel [Part 2 in a series on product validation. See Part 1 here.] National surveys consistently show that surgeons recognize the value of safety scalpels but are resistant to using them—largely because they dislike their unfamiliar feel. Most safety scalpels on […]

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By: Adeline Yi, Anzen™ Product Manager

Bench testing shows Anzen™ is more like a traditional scalpel

[Part 2 in a series on product validation. See Part 1 here.]

National surveys consistently show that surgeons recognize the value of safety scalpels but are resistant to using them—largely because they dislike their unfamiliar feel. Most safety scalpels on the market are made with plastic handles that can’t provide the weight and balance that surgeons need.

In developing the new Anzen™ safety scalpel, MediPurpose worked closely with surgeons and surgical techs to create a safety scalpel that closely resembles a traditional scalpel. Bench testing now confirms that the Anzen™ designers have achieved their goals.

In testing, each Anzen™ blade was precisely measured, weighed, and balanced and then compared both to traditional scalpels and currently available safety scalpels. In each case, the Anzen™ scalpel much more closely matched the length, width, weight, and balance point of a traditional scalpel.

 

Incorporating a reusable metal handle allows the Anzen™ scalpel to mirror the specs of a traditional scalpel. Providing this standard weight and feel was critical in creating a scalpel that surgeons will be able to use with confidence.

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The Safety Scalpel You’ve Been Waiting For http://anzenscalpel.com/safety-scalpel-youve-waiting/ Wed, 03 Jan 2018 23:29:41 +0000 http://anzenscalpel.com/?p=632 By: Adeline Yi, Anzen™ Product Manager In developing the new Anzen™ safety scalpel, MediPurpose worked closely with surgeons, surgical techs and OR nurses, inviting their input and incorporating their feedback. To meet their criteria, a safety scalpel would need: The same weight, balance, and sharpness as a traditional non-safety scalpel A shield that does not obstruct […]

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By: Adeline Yi, Anzen™ Product Manager

In developing the new Anzen™ safety scalpel, MediPurpose worked closely with surgeons, surgical techs and OR nurses, inviting their input and incorporating their feedback. To meet their criteria, a safety scalpel would need:

  • The same weight, balance, and sharpness as a traditional non-safety scalpel
  • A shield that does not obstruct line of sight
  • An easy-to-operate blade that can be exposed or concealed without looking at the scalpel
  • A safety mechanism that can be operated single-handedly—with either hand
  • Blade cartridges that are safe and easy to remove

 

In response, the Anzen™ safety scalpel was designed with the following features:

  • A reusable, stainless steel handle which gives surgeons the weight, balance and feel they are used to
  • A protected blade that is easily exposed and retracted with one hand
  • Slim cartridge for unobstructed view of the incision site
  • The protected blade stays retracted while attaching and detaching the cartridge
  • A cartridge lock prevents blade exposure unless the cartridge is attached to the handle, and another lock prevents cartridge detachment when the blade is exposed
  • The cartridge can only be disposed when the blade is retracted, and the cartridge locks again for disposal
  • Overall ease of use of the device

 

If you would like to become our sharps safety champion and lead product evaluations of our new AnzenTM Safety Scalpel at your facility, please click here to contact us and/or request samples.

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How Sharps Safety Saves You and Your Money http://anzenscalpel.com/sharps-safety-saves-money/ Sun, 10 Dec 2017 23:19:13 +0000 http://anzenscalpel.com/?p=629 By: Adeline Yi, Anzen™ Product Manager In our previous posts we have examined the importance of sharps safety in the healthcare industry, the consequences that result from the industry’s slow adoption and the problems that surgery professionals have with current product offerings. Now, we would like to ask this question – How much does it cost […]

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By: Adeline Yi, Anzen™ Product Manager

In our previous posts we have examined the importance of sharps safety in the healthcare industry, the consequences that result from the industry’s slow adoption and the problems that surgery professionals have with current product offerings.

Now, we would like to ask this question – How much does it cost to be “sharps safe” in the OR?

We get it. Safety scalpels seem to be more expensive than other non-safety scalpels on the market. In fact, our survey of 70 medical product distributors showed that “the biggest hurdle to “convincing end users to adopt safety scalpels” is considered cost.”

However, with an estimated 1,000 sharps injuries occurring each day, U.S. hospitals experience an extra $1 billion in unnecessary annual costs. In fact, in a report published by The Surgical Technologist, it was found that operating room scalpel injuries indirectly increase the cost of purchased conventional blades by at least $2 per blade.

Unfortunately, not only does sharps injuries lead to unnecessary costs for the hospitals, it also has devastating effects on the person that sustained the injury. In a study of 643 nurses from Europe and Russia, emotional responses identified following such an injury, included depression, crying spells, tension in the family, relationship issues, panic attacks, excessive anxiety and inability to work.

So, instead of asking “how much does it cost to be sharps safe?”, the question we would like to ask you is – “how much would you save by switching to a safety scalpel?”

If you would like to become our sharps safety champion and lead product evaluations of our new Anzen™ Safety Scalpel at your facility, please click here to contact us and/or request samples.

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Current Safety Scalpels Don’t Cut It! http://anzenscalpel.com/safety-scalpels-dont-cut/ Sun, 26 Nov 2017 23:14:05 +0000 http://anzenscalpel.com/?p=621 By: Adeline Yi, Anzen™ Product Manager The importance of sharps safety has long been established – especially in the OR with the potential for scalpels to cause deeper and more serious wounds. Yet nationwide, the conversion to safety scalpels has been painfully slow. In a survey of more than 200 nurses, 83% of OR nurses have […]

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By: Adeline Yi, Anzen™ Product Manager

The importance of sharps safety has long been established – especially in the OR with the potential for scalpels to cause deeper and more serious wounds. Yet nationwide, the conversion to safety scalpels has been painfully slow.

In a survey of more than 200 nurses, 83% of OR nurses have personally witnessed or experienced a scalpel-related injury, yet only 33% reported that safety scalpels were being used in their facility.

As it turns out, surgeons, surgical techs and OR nurses do not like the existing safety scalpels on the market.

For surgeons, the main problems with the current offerings on the market are:

  • They didn’t like the general feel of the safety scalpel
  • They had specific complaints about its weight, balance, or line of sight
  • They had difficulty with safety sheath
  • The activation method was cumbersome

Surgical techs and OR nurses, on the other hand, would like to see safety scalpel devices that are safe and easy to assemble and remove.

This was validated when we surveyed the surgeons at the ACS Clinical Congress 2017. Out of the 43 respondents surveyed, 41% said that the safety mechanism on the current safety scalpels in the market were too cumbersome and another 39% said that the safety mechanism of the current offerings obstructs the view of the incision.

The challenge is clear: To speed the adoption of safety scalpels, new models must do a better job of meeting surgeons’ needs.

To find out how our new Anzen™ Safety Scalpel was designed to address the needs of the entire surgical team, or to become our sharps safety champion and lead product evaluations at your facility, please click here to contact us.

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Is Sharps Safety Really That Important? http://anzenscalpel.com/sharps-safety-really-important/ Sun, 12 Nov 2017 21:52:04 +0000 http://anzenscalpel.com/?p=619 By: Adeline Yi, Anzen™ Product Manager We are all familiar with OSHA as well as the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act which help keep workplaces such as yours a safer place. But is sharps safety really all that important? Or is it just more bureaucracy and paperwork for all of us? To answer that question, let […]

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By: Adeline Yi, Anzen™ Product Manager

We are all familiar with OSHA as well as the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act which help keep workplaces such as yours a safer place. But is sharps safety really all that important? Or is it just more bureaucracy and paperwork for all of us?

To answer that question, let us take a look at some numbers in this second part of our five-part series on sharps safety. Reports estimate that as many as 17 percent of sharps injuries are caused by scalpels. In fact, a study found that for every 100,000 scalpels used, there were 662 incidences of injury while there were only 3.2 syringe and needle injuries.

Aside from the sharps statistics, it is more important to understand the consequences of these injuries. Sharps injuries can have a major and unnecessary impact on healthcare facility costs. Immediate and follow up treatment for exposed employees was reported to cost from $71 to $5,000 per case.

Sharps injuries can also have an impact on the injured party. The injured worker faces uncertainty surrounding their infection status during the initial stages of the injury and then may have to face life-changing consequences if they’ve developed a disease. This understandably causes severe emotional and psychological trauma.

So to answer the question: is sharps safety really that important? We believe the answer should be yes, and we hope you agree with us too.

For more information about our Anzen™ Safety Scalpel, click here to contact us or request samples.

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Have You Ever Witnessed a Scalpel Injury? http://anzenscalpel.com/ever-witnessed-scalpel-injury/ Tue, 31 Oct 2017 21:49:59 +0000 http://anzenscalpel.com/?p=616 By: Adeline Yi, Anzen™ Product Manager Did you know that since the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act was signed into law in November 2006, sharps injuries in nonsurgical settings dropped by almost a third, while injuries increased by 6.5% in surgical settings? In a survey of more than 200 nurses, 83% of OR nurses have personally […]

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By: Adeline Yi, Anzen™ Product Manager

Did you know that since the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act was signed into law in November 2006, sharps injuries in nonsurgical settings dropped by almost a third, while injuries increased by 6.5% in surgical settings?

In a survey of more than 200 nurses, 83% of OR nurses have personally witnessed or experienced a scalpel-related injury, yet only 33% reported that safety scalpels were being used in their facility.

Widespread adoption of safety scalpels is difficult to achieve if facilities are not on board. In our survey of surgeons at the American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) Clinical Congress 2016, 65% of respondents said that their facility does not use a safety scalpel. Yet, 76% of respondents said they would use a safety scalpel if they were offered at their facility.

Similar results were found at the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association’s (ASCA) 2016 annual meeting where 61% of respondents stated that their facilities do not use safety scalpels.

This was further validated at the OR Manager 30th Annual Conference 2017, where 14 out of 30 respondents polled said that their facility does not use safety scalpels, even though 87% of respondents had witnessed a sharps injury occurring.

Feedback thus far is clear: end users are interested in adopting safety scalpels. The industry challenge is to introduce better safety scalpels into their facilities.

As such, it is our mission, with the creation of the Anzen™ Safety Scalpel, to help reduce the number of sharps injuries by educating decision makers on the importance of adopting safety scalpels as well as to provide surgeons with the first safety scalpel encompassing all of the needed safety features without compromising the ease of use and feel they require.

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Surgeons, Techs and OR Nurses Validate Anzen™ Scalpel Ease of Use http://anzenscalpel.com/surgeons-techs-nurses-validate-anzen-scalpel-ease-use/ Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:31:24 +0000 http://anzenscalpel.com/?p=608 By: Adeline Yi, Anzen™ Product Manager 97% rate the scalpel “Easy to use” The Anzen™ Scalpel was specifically designed for ease of use, in response to the needs expressed by surgeons, surgical techs, and OR nurses for a safety scalpel that’s less cumbersome to operate. In numerous national surveys, surgeons have emphasized the necessity for a […]

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By: Adeline Yi, Anzen™ Product Manager

97% rate the scalpel “Easy to use”

The Anzen™ Scalpel was specifically designed for ease of use, in response to the needs expressed by surgeons, surgical techs, and OR nurses for a safety scalpel that’s less cumbersome to operate. In numerous national surveys, surgeons have emphasized the necessity for a blade that can be exposed or concealed with one hand, without looking at the scalpel. Techs and nurses have focused on their need for safe and easy assembly and removal1.  MediPurpose now has 2 years’ worth of data, gathered from simulated use testing while designing and developing its new safety scalpel, showing that Anzen™ is meeting those needs.

A resounding “Yes”

MediPurpose has given surgeons, techs, and nurses an opportunity to test the scalpel over the past two years, to validate whether the device is as easy to use as the manufacturer claims. The answer has been a resounding “Yes.”

“The Anzen™ blade is extremely easy to use in all respects. The profile is well designed and the handling is great. I would use product as-is.” — response from surgeon

From 2015 to 2017 MediPurpose invited users to try out the scalpel on a silicone pad, made specially to simulate the human skin. The company collected responses from 105 surgeons, techs, and nurses from at least 44 different medical institutions—some directly through their institutions, and some at trade shows like ASCA 2016. The responses were consistently positive:

Claim Strongly Agree or Agree
It is easy to learn how to use the Anzen™ device. 96.6%
The handle is easy to insert into the cartridge. 92.2%
The blade can be exposed with just one hand. 93.2%
The blade can be exposed without looking at the scalpel. 88.1%
The blade can be covered with just one hand. 98.3%
The blade can be covered without looking at the scalpel. 89.8%
The cartridge is easily detached from the handle when the blade is fully covered. 97.4%

“I’ve had problems removing traditional blades where the blade actually shot across the room — it was very scary and possibly dangerous! The Anzen™ blade is safe and especially easy to remove.” — response from nurse

Just like a box cutter, the Anzen™ blade can be extended and retracted using one hand, without the need to look at it. Safety features also protect surgical techs and nurses from sharps injuries during blade assembly and removal: The blade can only be exposed when the cartridge is mounted on the scalpel handle, and the blade cannot be removed unless it is retracted into the cartridge.

“The Anzen™ blade is very user-friendly and much safer than a conventional blade. The mechanism is very smooth — I was able to open and close it with one hand.” — response from surgical tech

Having received such encouraging feedback during simulated use, MediPurpose will now begin product evaluations within the OR setting at select hospitals. The company expects that once OR personnel recognize how easy it use to use the Anzen™ scalpel, they will begin incorporating this vital safety device into their operating rooms.

For more information, visit www.anzenscalpel.com


1 Stoker R. Are Safety Scalpels Making the Cut With Surgeons and Nurses? Outpatient Surgery Magazine 2011.

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Protecting Personnel From Injury on the Front Lines http://anzenscalpel.com/protecting-personnel-injury-front-lines/ Wed, 27 Sep 2017 21:00:49 +0000 http://anzenscalpel.com/?p=597 By: Adeline Yi, Anzen™ Product Manager Anzen™ Safety Scalpel is designed to meet the needs of OR nurses and surgical techs Our previous post detailed the dangers of sharps injuries to surgical techs and OR nurses—and the distressing impact these injuries can have on their lives. Surgical techs and nurses are responsible for handling a scalpel […]

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By: Adeline Yi, Anzen™ Product Manager

Anzen™ Safety Scalpel is designed to meet the needs of OR nurses and surgical techs

Our previous post detailed the dangers of sharps injuries to surgical techs and OR nurses—and the distressing impact these injuries can have on their lives.

Surgical techs and nurses are responsible for handling a scalpel from the time it comes out of the box until the time of its disposal. They are particularly vulnerable to injury while assembling, passing, or removing the instrument.

The features that techs and nurses want most in a safety scalpel are somewhat different from those needed by surgeons, whose chief concerns are a scalpel’s weight and balance. By contrast, surgical techs and OR nurses voiced a need for:

  • Blade cartridges that are safe to assemble and remove
  • Blade cartridges that are easy to assemble and remove1

 

Anzen™ Safety Scalpel responds to nurse and tech concerns

 

MediPurpose worked closely with surgical techs and scrub nurses to develop its new Anzen™ Safety Scalpel. Click here to see how easy it is to assemble and disassemble the Anzen™ Safety Scalpel. In response to their feedback, the scalpel also incorporates these features:

  • A disposable cartridge integrates the slider, shield, and sterile blade. The protected blade stays retracted while attaching and detaching the cartridge
  • A cartridge lock prevents blade exposure unless the cartridge is attached to the handle
  • A second lock prevents cartridge detachment when the blade is exposed
  • The blade is exposed/retracted by DEPRESSING the button BUT the cartridge is detached by LIFTING the release tab so the surgeon will NOT accidentally detach the cartridge
  • Disposal has been made safer as well. The Anzen™ blade can only be disposed when retracted, and the cartridge locks for disposal.
  • Unlike other safety scalpels on the market, the blades are fully protected when opening the box
  • Assembly is easy: The cartridge simply slides onto the handle until it locks into place, with no extra equipment needed
  • Blade removal is also easy: The user simply lifts the release tab and slides the cartridge out
  • Nurses and surgical techs can be assured that Anzen™’s durable cartridge will not come apart during blade removal or replacement.

MediPurpose remains committed to meeting the needs of the entire surgical team.


1 Stoker R. Are Safety Scalpels Making the Cut With Surgeons and Nurses? Outpatient Surgery Magazine 2011.

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Surgical Techs and Nurses Weigh in on Their Need for Better Safety Scalpels http://anzenscalpel.com/surgical-techs-nurses-weigh-need-better-safety-scalpels/ Fri, 25 Aug 2017 05:44:03 +0000 http://anzenscalpel.com/?p=582 By: Adeline Yi, Anzen™ Product Manager Our previous post detailed surgeons’ unmet needs for an acceptable safety scalpel. But surgeons are not the only OR personnel voicing a need for better safety scalpels. OR nurses and surgical techs are calling for safety scalpels that are safer and easier to use—for good reason. They are the ones […]

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By: Adeline Yi, Anzen™ Product Manager

Our previous post detailed surgeons’ unmet needs for an acceptable safety scalpel. But surgeons are not the only OR personnel voicing a need for better safety scalpels.

OR nurses and surgical techs are calling for safety scalpels that are safer and easier to use—for good reason. They are the ones on the front lines for injury.

In an analysis of percutaneous injuries from 87 U.S. hospitals, reported in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, 75% of sharps injuries occurred during the passing of devices. While surgeons and residents were most often the original users of these devices, nurses and surgical technicians were typically the people sustaining the injuries1.

 

Data from large, multihospital surveillance networks and national surveys demonstrate the impact of sharps injuries on surgical techs and nurses:

  • A recent MediPurpose survey of more than 200 nurses revealed that fully 83% of OR nurses had personally witnessed a scalpel-related injury. Of those injuries, 36% happened to the nurses themselves, while 41% were incurred by surgical techs, and 23% by surgeons.
  • Data from the Massachusetts Sharps Injury Surveillance System revealed that 41% of sharps injuries were sustained by nurses, 21% by surgical techs and 29% by surgeons2.
  • Nurses also incurred the largest share of sharps injuries (34%) in 2007 data from the EPINet Sharps Injury Surveillance research group (EPINet-SIS), followed by doctors at 32%3.

 

The economic and emotional impact on injured personnel is significant. In a survey of nurses injured by sharps in 381 different US hospitals:

    • Nurses missed 88 days of work as a direct result of their injury
    • 42% felt anxious, depressed, or stressed4

In a related study of 634 nurses in western Europe and Russia, nurses who experienced needlestick injuries suffered depression, crying spells, family tension, relationship difficulties, panic attacks, and an inability to work5.

 

What’s missing from safety scalpels?

Nurses and assistants—who are responsible for handling a scalpel both before and after its use—have expressed strong opinions of what they need in a safety scalpel. While surgeons’ requirements centered around the instrument’s weight and balance, nurses and techs were particularly concerned with safety and ease of use:

    • Nearly three-quarters of nurses expressed a desire for blade cartridges that are safe to assemble or remove
    • Two-thirds wanted blade cartridges that are easy to assemble or remove6

MediPurpose remains committed to meeting the needs of the entire surgical team, including technicians and nurses. The company’s new Anzen™ safety scalpel was designed with the whole team in mind.


1 Jagger J, Berguer R, Phillips EK,  et al. Increase in Sharps Injuries in Surgical Settings Versus Nonsurgical Settings After Passage of National Needlestick Legislation. J Am Coll Surg; 2010(4):496-502.

2 Massachusetts Department of Public Health Occupational Health Program. Sharps Injuries among Employees of Acute Care Hospitals in Massachusetts, 2002-2007. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 2011;32(6):538-44.

3 International Healthcare Worker Safety Center, University of Virginia. U.S. EPINet Sharps Injury and Blood and Body Fluid Exposure Surveillance Research Group. Sharps Injury Data Report for 2007; 29 hospitals contributing data, 951 total injuries. Report available at https://www.medicalcenter.virginia.edu/epinet/epinet-2007-rates.pdf.

4 Lee JM, Botteman MF, Nicklasson L, et al. Needlestick injury in acute care nurses caring for patients with diabetes mellitus: a retrospective study. Curr Med Res Opin 2005 741-747.

5 Costigliola V, Frid A, Letondeur C, Strauss K (2012) Needlestick injuries in European nurses in diabetes. Diabetes and Metabolism. 38, Suppl 1, S9-S14.

6 Stoker R. Are Safety Scalpels Making the Cut With Surgeons and Nurses? Outpatient Surgery Magazine 2011.

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New Safety Scalpel Mimics Feel and Function of Traditional Scalpels http://anzenscalpel.com/new-safety-scalpel-mimics-feel-function-traditional-scalpels/ Fri, 11 Aug 2017 05:46:24 +0000 http://anzenscalpel.com/?p=532 By: Adeline Yi, Anzen™ Product Manager Our last blog post reported on surgeons’ inability to find a safety scalpel that they could use with confidence. National surveys show that surgeons are resistant to adopting the use of safety scalpels because they’ve been unable to identify an acceptable model. In response to the models they’d tried, surgeons criticized […]

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By: Adeline Yi, Anzen™ Product Manager

Our last blog post reported on surgeons’ inability to find a safety scalpel that they could use with confidence. National surveys show that surgeons are resistant to adopting the use of safety scalpels because they’ve been unable to identify an acceptable model.

In response to the models they’d tried, surgeons criticized the feel of the safety scalpels; specifically, their weight and balance. Some safety scalpels obstructed their line of sight, they reported, and some had safety sheaths or activation methods that were difficult to manipulate.

Designing the ideal safety scalpel

In developing the new Anzen™ safety scalpel, MediPurpose worked closely with surgeons and surgical techs, inviting their input and incorporating their feedback. Surgeons made their specifications clear. To meet their criteria, a safety scalpel would need:  

  • The same weight, balance, and sharpness as a traditional non-safety scalpel
  • A shield that does not obstruct line of sight
  • An easy-to-operate blade that can be exposed or concealed without looking at the scalpel
  • A safety mechanism that can be operated single-handedly—with either hand

An intuitive design with a familiar feel

In response, the Anzen™ safety scalpel was engineered with a reusable, stainless steel handleThat gives the Anzen™ scalpel a weight and balance that is similar to a traditional scalpel, so that surgeons will feel comfortable with its familiar feel and control.

The Anzen™ scalpel has a protected blade that is easily exposed and retracted with one hand. Surgeons find the mechanism intuitive, because it exposes and retracts the blade like a familiar box cutter. In addition, its slim cartridge design allows for an unobstructed view of the incision site.

Key safety measures have been incorporated into the design of the Anzen™ scalpel. A disposable cartridge integrates the slider, shield, and sterile blade. The protected blade stays retracted while attaching and detaching the cartridge. A cartridge lock prevents blade exposure unless the cartridge is attached to the handle, and another lock prevents cartridge detachment when the blade is exposed. The blade is exposed/retracted by DEPRESSING the button BUT the cartridge is detached by LIFTING the release tab so the surgeon will NOT accidentally detach the cartridge.

Disposal has been made safer as well. The Anzen™ cartridge can only be disposed when the blade is retracted, and the cartridge locks again for disposal.

MediPurpose designed the Anzen™ safety scalpel to mimic the weight and feel of a traditional scalpel, but with the features needed to help protect healthcare workers from sharps injuries. Mirroring the standard weight and feel was critical in order to create a scalpel that surgeons could transition to seamlessly. The company expects that surgeons’ acceptance of the Anzen™ scalpel will help operating rooms across the country meet safety standards and reduce sharps incidents.

 

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