Handling Blades Safely


The way in which a surgical blade is handled prior to use can determine how effectively it performs during use. There are a number of ways that the cutting edge of a blade can become damaged once removed from its protective packet.

  1. When removing a blade form the protective packet make sure it is not dropped onto a metal object as this can reduce the initial keenness of the cutting edge even before it is fitted to the handle.
  2. Use the following procedure to attach a blade.
    1. Grip blade with pointed pliers, or similar, avoiding contact with cutting edge.
    2. Hold handle in left hand with bayonet fitting uppermost.
    3. Place blade partway over handle fitting and engage slots.
    4. Slide blade until it clicks into position.
    5. To improve assembly, flex blade slightly upwards when sliding onto the handle.

Safe Blade Handling Illustration

To remove a blade

  1. Grip blade with pointed pliers, or similar.
  2. Lift heel of blade at point 'A' with tip of finger, avoiding contact with cutting edge and carefully slide the blade away from the handle.


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