Scalpel Caddy

"Scalpel Injuries - The MOST Unkind Cut of All..."

Scalpel Injuries occur DAILY and... are a MAJOR source of blood-borne pathogen exposure in the OR


Scalpel CaddyTM

The Scalpel CaddyTM is a sharps safety device that Prevents the Risk of injuries from the passing of scalpels. NO MORE PASSING. Complies with CDC, OSHA, AORN, ACS, AST, The Joint Commission, and NIOSH Recommendations & Requirements

The PATENTED Award-Winning Scalpel CaddyTM is BACK...

and better than ever!!!


            The Original             Scalpel Caddy

The original Scalpel CaddyTM was Awarded the prestigious "Sharps Injury Prevention Award" for it's innovation and safety.

     Next Generation      Scalpel Caddy

Here's a look at the innovative, redesigned, Scalpel CaddyTM with no foam, enhanced chamber locks, and top holders.  The next generation Scalpel CaddyTM is now more compact, making easier to fit into your CPT Kit.


Scalpel CaddyTM Highlights:

  • Surgeon can safely "Self-Grab" with no passing involved
  • Sits UPRIGHT and LOCKS safely in place on the side of the Mayo Stand
  • Compact - Takes up NO space on the Mayo Tray
  • Provides a NEUTRAL ZONE safe Parking Station for Multiple Scalpels
  • Offers 360° degree Blade Coverage
  • ONLY sharps safety device that promotes NO PASSING!!!
  • Designed to REDUCE accidental Sharps Injuries
  • Transparent Chamber allows easy Scalpel Blade Choice
  • Blades are ALWAYS completely covered & protected when placed into Transparent Chambers
  • Allows for One-Hand operations


Universal Hook

Unlike the original, the newly redesigned Scalpel CaddyTM now has a UNIVERSAL Mayo Stand Hook on the back, allowing it to safely & securely fit onto any style Mayo Stand (both the older & newer style Mayo Stands).

Scalpel Caddy in Action

Scalpel CaddyTM on Mayo Stand in OR Theatre

               Surgeon reaching for scalpel while safely placed in caddy, avoiding hand-to-hand passing with a Nurse


Scalpel Safety is Top Priority


Scalpel Injuries are a Major source of blood-borne pathogen exposure in the OR


It has been estimated by the Centers of Disease Control that approximately 385,000 sharps injuries occur each year to hospital employees.  More than half of these sharps injuries are not reported.  There are a variety of factors leading to these sharps injuries including: Fatigue, rushing, inaccurately anticipating a surgeon's movement or an unintended mishap passing instruments back and forth are the most common causes for many sharps injuries.  Many of these injuries are due to scalpel injuries that afflict surgeons, nurses and other OR personnel. These injuries can expose healthcare workers to blood-borne pathogens.


There are many costs associated with these exposures.  These costs can include the time spent reporting, treating, and following up on these injuries. In addition, there is the cost of salaries and benefits of injured staff.   There is also the cost of laboratory testing of exposure sources and exposed personnel and appropriate post-exposure prophylaxis.  How can we decrease the incidence of injury in the operating room?  


Many clinicians believe that the following activities provide the most beneficial results:


  • The use of standard precautions
  • Training and awareness for those at risk
  • The mandatory use of safety-engineered devices that help decrease the incidence of injury
  • Neutral-zones


OSHA continues to site facilities for neglecting sharps safety initiatives. These lapses in compliance may lead to fines of up to $7000.  However, willful neglect of the Blood-Borne Pathogen Standard can result in penalties of $70,000 and may include criminal charges.  In addition to these cost the potential treatment and care of the healthcare worker damaged by scalpel injury can be extensive because of the cost of damage to nerves, arteries or tendons, actions from blood-borne pathogens etc.


Source:  International Sharps Injury Prevention Society


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CDC on Scalpel Injuries


The cost of a sharps injury can be a compelling reason to use safer sharps practices. One sharps injury can cause a number of direct and indirect costs for the health care facility, including:


  • Loss of employee time
  • Cost of tying up staff to investigate the injury
  • Expense of laboratory testing
  • Cost of treatment for infected staff
  • Cost of replacing staff


In addition to costs incurred by the health care facility, the stress on the affected worker and the worker’s family can be enormous. In addition to the initial concern, testing for blood-borne pathogens can last for months, producing feelings of anxiety and distress for an extended period of time.


Content source:  Center for Disease Control





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