Needles and sharps instruments are essential to dentistry practice which is why sharps injury rates are a huge concern for dentists.
A study of Sharps Injury cases reported by a university hospital showed that the annual incidence of sharps injuries was 8.19% among all dental workers. Those with less experience had a higher percentage of incidences at 21.28% per year*.
A total of 56 injuries were reported by the university. In 16 of the 56 cases, the injury was caused by cutting instruments, such as periodontal curettes, surgical scalpels, and scissors
*According to a study at a university hospital
SHARPS INJURIES among dental workers
Of dentistry interns had a sharps related injury
Of dentistry residents had a sharps related injury
Injuries were caused by cutting instruments including curettes and scalpels
Scalpel Cuts Can Cause:
Blood-borne infection such as HBV, HCV, or HIV
Severed digital nerve and/or tendon
Psychological distress, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder
Loss of income or even career ending
Costs for an uncomplicated scalpel injury
US$ 550 – US$ 3000
Cost if the injury requires surgery and rehab
US$ 15000 – US$ 100000
In addition to the post-exposure management costs, there may be other costs such as infection recovery costs, facility costs, and non-compliance penalties.
Preventing Cuts using the Qlicksmart BladeFlask EVO
The Qlicksmart BladeFlask EVO can accommodate more types of scalpel handles and blades including bent dental handles, thick and round handles, even hexagonal shaped scalpels – giving you greater freedom in using any scalpel you want.
- Removes up to 100 used scalpel blades
- Automatic safety mechanism removes and contains your scalpel blades using only one hand.
- Can be attached to a wall or clinical bench with the reusable Mounting Bracket.
Qlicksmart BladeFlask EVOs are a quick and simple way to remove scalpel blades.
Automatic containment of used scalpel blades ensures that all dental workers are protected from injury.
They work within your standard safety procedures
- Fast implementation process
- Less training (compared to forceps)
- Compatible with wide range of blades
Qlicksmart devices have safely removed over 70 million contaminated scalpel blades, and prevented up to 150,000 injuries around the world.