"...Thanks to whoever invented the Qlicksmart BladeFLASK. Sheer genuis. Several students are the Foot Clinics of New York (the training arm of the New York College of Podiatric Medicine) received minor lacerations while removing blades. They researched and then purchased the Qlicksmart BladeFLASK for their own use. Their professor saw the Qlicksmart BladeFLASK and introduced it at the Foot Clinics monthly Quality Assurance Meeting and the Infection Control Committee meeting. He reported that everyone was very impressed."
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The BladeFLASK is simple to use with a quick “push, click, and pull” action to remove and contain used scalpel blades. Used together with a hands-free passing technique, the Qlicksmart BladeFLASK can prevent up to 5 times more injuries than a safety scalpel.
The BladeFLASK is simple to use with a quick “push, click, and pull” action to remove and contain used scalpel blades.
Used together with a hands-free passing technique, the Qlicksmart BladeFLASK can prevent up to 5 times more injuries than a safety scalpel.
This easy-to-use solution provides a low cost alternative to safety scalpels for all scalpel users.
Qlicksmart’s single-handed BladeFLASK have safely removed over 70 million contaminated scalpel blades, and have prevented up to 150,000 injuries around the world.
|Colour versions||Red- for USA
Yellow – for all other countries
|Product Code||QFRGEN – Red version
QFYGEN – Yellow version
|Blade capacity||100 blades – BladeFLASK shuts off automatically when the maximum capacity is reached.|
|Compatible blades and handles||Handles: #3,3L, 4, 5,7, 9
Blades: #10, 10a, 11, 12, 13, etc. up to and including #25a, 27 and 36
|Incompatible blades and handles||Baron handle, Beaver handle, disposable handles|
|Size per unit||Length 11cm, Width 9cm, Height 14cm|
|Weight per unit||Approx. 250g|
|Accessories||Mounting bracket – the bracket holds the BladeFLASK in place to allow single-handed removal of scalpel blades|
|Material||Body: Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)
Inner mechanism: Polyacetal (POM)
|Reusable||Multi-use – each unit removes 100 blades before disposal. The infectious substance logo on the front label and the correct sharps container colour of the unit allow it to be disposed of as medical waste. Please follow your establishment’s procedures for the disposal of medical waste.|
|Regulatory information||Australia – Listed under TGA ARTG NO: 146821
USA – FDA 510(K) premarket approved #K983367 as a sharps container
Europe -Class I medical device under Council Directive 93/42/EEC and CE marked
- Professor, NYCPM
Dr. Daryl Wall
- Assoc. Prof of Surgery, PA Hospital
"It has been my great joy to have the privilege on observing Dr. Neville Henry and Dr. Michael Sinnott recognise the need for a safe scalpel blade detacher and then convert the need to an idea; the idea to a tool; the tool to a practice unit for all hospital staff to use easily and then these remarkable men ensured that their safety invention was made available to the world at low cost to the user. The BladeFLASK is now widely available in Emergency Departments, theatres and wards at public hospital throughout Australia. The equipment confirms completely to national standards of manufacture and service. The nursing and medical staff feel safer with the Qlicksmart BladeFLASK. "
- Clinical Nurse, PA Hospital
Several years ago now, I was in fear of potentially sustaining an injury and subsequent blood borne infection from manually removing contaminated scalpel blades, using an old pair of rejected, theatre artery forceps. My continual complaining (“whinging”) about the risks associated with such an inadequate practice, prompted my colleague, Dr Neville Henry to devise a rather crude but effective blade removing device. I was delighted, but he wasn’t, insisting that he could improve it, making it more user friendly and safer. This was the birth of the Qlicksmart Scalpel Blade Remover we know and confidently use today. I am extremely proud and honoured to have played a small part (albeit as a whinger), in the development of such a reliable, cost effective tool and I know, that once they are implemented into surgical areas, they will provide added protection to my fellow health care workers for years to come. “There had to be a better way & Qlicksmart is the better way.”
- Regional Commercialisation Director, AIC
“The scalpel blade industry is undergoing significant change. Scalpel blades are ubiquitous in hospitals and surgeries, but they present a danger to staff. With an increasing number of sharps and needle-stick injuries, medicos are now demanding scalpels with safety mechanisms. The problem with existing safety scalpels is that they don’t feel like “real scalpels”--they differ in terms of feel, weight and overall use. Because of this many surgeons are continuing to use conventional scalpels and scalpel blades, despite the risk of injury. QlickSmart’s safe scalpel removal system means that surgeons can continue to use conventional scalpels and scalpel blades without compromising their safety. The potential market for a safety scalpel technology is significant. The U.S. consumes around 130 million scalpel blades each year. Australia consumes around 9 million. Last year, there were approximately 600,000 to 800,000 sharps and needle-stick injuries in U.S. hospitals, which led to 1,400 HIV and Hepatitis infections. Apart from the emotional and psychological trauma for the people injured, each injury costs the US economy in excess of $500 in terms of lost work hours, reporting procedures and potential litigation.”