Handling Surgical Blades

Cutting Edge News; Cincinnati Surgical

Cutting Edge News; Cincinnati Surgical

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How well do you know the blades you’re using?

A scalpel may seem like a simple instrument, but with incredible precision and a surgeons’ steady hand it is key to a safe and accurate medical procedure. These tools are essential to any medical professional – it’s important to know their function and capabilities to ensure patient safety.


The top three #3 fitment blades:

  • #10 – the most traditional blade shape C2
  • Used for making small incisions in skin and muscle
  • Sample Procedures:
    • Harvesting the radial artery during a coronary artery bypass operation
    • Opening the bronchus during thoracic surgery
    • Inguinal hernia repair
  • #11 – an elongated triangular blade with a strong pointed tip  C2
  • Used in making stab incisions.
  • Sample procedures:
    • Incisions for chest drains
    • Opening coronary arteries or the aorta
    • Removing calcifications in the aortic or mitral valves.
  • #15 – a small curved cutting edge  C3
  • Opening coronary arteries. Used in making short and precise incisions.
  • Sample procedures:
    • Excision of a skin lesion or recurrent sebaceous cyst


Cincinnati Surgical’s joint manufacturing agreement with Swann Morton means quality British steel blades manufactured to a high level of consistency.


  • BSI Certificate of Registration ISO 13485, the International Standard for Quality Management Systems for medical devices companies
  • Steel material content
    • Carbon – Silicon – Manganese – Chromium – Sulphur – Phosphorus – Nickel


  • Surgical blades are manufactured in accordance with BS 2982 and BS EN 27740 standards
    • Every blade falls within specific dimensions to ensure the first blade manufactured is the same size as the last blade manufactured
  • Boxes are marked with lot numbers and expiration dates for traceability


  • BSI Certificate of Registration ISO 14001 – Environmental Manufacturing Standards Certification

BSI Certificate of Registration ISO 50001 – Energy Management Certification


Cincinnati Surgical features a wide variety of high-quality surgical blades, handles, stitch cutters, blade removers and staplers. With an unmatched reputation for quality, Cincinnati Surgical is a proven leader in their industry.

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