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#295700 - 04/11/20 04:15 PM Re: Small Scalpel Blade Holder / Handle [Re: nursetim]
Russ Offline
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Thanks for that ó totally different scalpel blade than the Ti folder CC markets ó much finer tip.
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#295701 - 04/11/20 06:33 PM Re: Small Scalpel Blade Holder / Handle [Re: Russ]
hikermor Offline
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I would repeat KenK's question. In what circumstance would a scalpel blade be useful? I cannot recount an emergency first aide situation, back country or front, where something like this was used or desired...Splitting hairs???
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#295702 - 04/11/20 09:28 PM Re: Small Scalpel Blade Holder / Handle [Re: hikermor]
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In an emergency situation you use the blade thatís available. I can envision a situation where a small blade with a very narrow tip would be nice to have ó critical, no, just nice. I have lots of blade in varying sizes, but none with that fine a tip.
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#295705 - 04/11/20 10:21 PM Re: Small Scalpel Blade Holder / Handle [Re: Craig_Thompson]
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Iíve used small blades to remove splinters, including some that would have stopped our hike completely without removal, in the field. Iíve also had my doctor use a scalpel to help dig glass shards out of my foot, which is an experience Iíd prefer to not repeat.

With that said, Iíve never carried a scalpel in the field and Iíve done well with the blades Iíve had on hand.

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#295707 - 04/11/20 11:26 PM Re: Small Scalpel Blade Holder / Handle [Re: Craig_Thompson]
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I was just curious. i have used small blades to cut away clothing (EMT shears are actually better) and I have removed splinters, scraping with a blade, all in first aid situations. Never seen a scalpel recommended in a FAK. I would leave those in the capable hands of physicians.

Come to think of it, i have been on accident scenes attended by docs, and they weren't using scalpels in the field, either.

If I need a knife on my next accident scene, the next time it will probably be the blade on my Skeletool CX which will do the scraping, slicing,or cutting.
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#295708 - 04/12/20 09:38 PM Re: Small Scalpel Blade Holder / Handle [Re: Craig_Thompson]
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I don't think we can end this small cutting tool thread without mentioning the SAK Classic, about as versatile, ounce for ounce, a cutting as there is.

Even a devoted Leatherman fan as I am, I carry a Classic on my key ring and use it often.I will admit it might be overwhelmed if I were tasked with skinning out an elephant.
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#295709 - 04/12/20 09:50 PM Re: Small Scalpel Blade Holder / Handle [Re: Craig_Thompson]
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The best first aid use for scalpel blades is cut little x's over the wound to suck the poison out. We started using this technique for snake bites, but then we discovered it works for everything: gunshot wounds, heart attacks, appendicitis, thyroid cancer...just about everything...but not hemorrhoids. Don't ever try this with hemorrhoids.
Just sayin'.
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#295711 - 04/12/20 11:13 PM Re: Small Scalpel Blade Holder / Handle [Re: nursemike]
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I presented to a country doctor years ago with impacted hemorrhoids and he proned me out on his exam table and got right to work. I doubt that it was an oral exam. Whatever, it worked splendidly.
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#295714 - 04/13/20 12:17 AM Re: Small Scalpel Blade Holder / Handle [Re: Craig_Thompson]
Ren Offline
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Have heard of scalpels in sterile first aid kits, along with set of hypodermic needles, and IV cannula but they are for going to 3rd world type of places.

Meant to hand over to local doctor to use on you, so can guarantee they are sterile.

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#295719 - 04/13/20 11:01 AM Re: Small Scalpel Blade Holder / Handle [Re: Craig_Thompson]
Craig_Thompson Offline
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The primary task I was thinking about for a scalpel blade was removing splinters. Over the years I have had plenty of splinters that were long and deep and required cutting skin to remove them.

I have used pocket knife blades. Sometimes they were sufficiently sharp, sometimes not. Due to the shape & size the incision is larger than needed to remove the splinter. A sharp #11 scalpel blade is an efficient, effective splinter remover. It can make a deep but narrow incision to remove a long splinter, imposing minimum damage to surrounding skin. And a cut from a very sharp knife seems to heal quicker.

A new sharp utility knife blade can do a pretty good splinter extraction.

A needle can be useful but leaves a ragged wound.

Emergency trail-side appendectomies will be relegated to more skilled professionals than me.

My thought is to carry the scalpel blade in my hiking kit but also in my car FAK.

The SAK Classic is a good idea that I have considered. Not expensive. The blade could be re-profiled to a pointier point. And sharpen extra sharp. I wish the Classic had two sharp blades instead of one and a nail file.

Lots of good discussion here.

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