How to Remove a Scalpel Blade From the Handle

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Scalpels can be very dangerous surgical tools, but when used correctly, can be wonderful for dissections and surgeries. It is important to handle the scalpel with care, both when using it and when changing the blade.


Scalpel handles and blades are very specific, so it is important to make sure you pick up the correct number blade to match the blade handle.


Changing scalpel blades is a challenging task, so it is important to understand how to properly change a blade before doing so.

Things You'll Need

  • Forceps
  • Grasp the scalpel by the handle. Point the blade away from yourself and others. Make sure the blade and the blade lock are facing upward with the slanted edge of the scalpel blade toward your hand.

  • Grip the slanted edge of the scalpel blade with the tips of the forceps. Make sure you have a firm grasp on the blade so the forceps don't slip off.

  • Lift the blade from the slanted end carefully until the blade lock hole comes away from the lock. You will hear a click and the blade will appear to be loose on the scalpel handle.

  • Pull the blade toward the tip to remove it. You may need to twist the blade a little if it lodges as you slide it off.

  • Throw the old blade away in a specified sharps container.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wrap the old scalpel blade in the wrapper of the new blade to remove it. This helps you avoid getting cut while removing the blade.
  • Don't point the blade of the scalpel at yourself or anyone else while removing it.
  • Don't throw the used scalpel in the trash. It must be disposed of in a sharps container.

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