Funeral directors and embalmers have close contact with cadavers and body fluids, which leaves them at risk of sharps injuries and bloodborne infections.
Sharps injuries can transmit bloodborne viruses such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV. There is also the risk that a serious sharps cut can damage a tendon or nerve, which can be a career-derailing injury.
Funeral workers run the risk of scalpel injuries and subsequent bloodborne infections if their facility hasn’t implemented effective sharps safety practices.
Funeral facility hazards
The risk of infectious diseases (including infection through sharps cuts)
Blood exposures (e.g. sharps and splash injuries)
Manual handling (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 a career ending injury
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 large autopsy scalpels, thick and round handles, even hexagonal shaped versions – 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 funeral facility 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.