Of Carving knives and scalpels...
Interesting story about Lee Valley, Leonard Lee, and Carving knives...
ALMONTE, ONT. - A small Canadian company has switched from selling to
carpenters to supplying hundreds of U.S. hospitals with safer scalpels.
Leonard Lee of Almonte, Ont., near Ottawa, produces surgical scalpels
worth millions of dollars because their unique blades are retractable.
It quoted a surgeon saying it was the best wood carving knife as well as the
Just curious, are scalpel blades made of a different alloy/hardness than ww
Looks like a good possible addition to the LV lineup
Several jobs back, the technicians used scalpel handles instead of
Exacto knives. Interchangable blades in all the familiar Exacto shapes,
plus a few specialized ones availble both for electronics work and
We'd occasionally get the "normal curved blade" in packages marked
"sterile" when it was what the supplier had in stock. I used to keep a
few around for when I got splinter.
Disposable, when they're even used anymore around here. With all the dough
available in medical care, doesn't make sense to risk a dull blade.
Standard is a replaceable blade and built-in-cautery.
Sterilization is another problem. Sent a guy to the hospital with a plastic
C-collar yesterday which could have been washed and reused, but rules
forbid. Fortunately, we don't have to throw away bloody spine boards,
though the real wood (OBWW) ones are being replaced by the expensive plastic
I'm so old, I can remember when we washed out the suction, instead of
throwing away a barf-filled container.
Last year we couldn't even scrounge the titanium pins from a friend's
leg. I wouldn't mind so much, but the plan was to forge something
memorable out of them. The first thing we'd have done would be to heat
them to a thousand degrees!
Cats have nine lives, which is why they rarely post to Usenet.
Protocol for us. I don't know whether it's medical control or state that
State says we can't use wood anymore on backboards - only the plastic. I
fear they may come up with something like disposable if given half a chance.
I'm waiting for someone to see what's growing on even a bleached KED, then
we'll all be using those crappy cardboard jobbies.
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