Surgical pearl: A simple and safe innovative technique to handle the razor blade with fingers
How to cite this article: Mukhtar M, Mukhtar M. Surgical pearl: A simple and safe innovative technique to handle the razor blade with fingers. CosmoDerma 2023;3:59.
A razor blade is a cost-effective, readily available, and sharp device for shaving surgery in dermatology. However, its handling with the finger is a challenging job. The blade is handled generally with artery forceps, a needle holder, and a dermatome knife during shaving surgery and Thiersch’s graft harvesting.[2,3] During these surgeries, better control of the blade and proper alignment with the skin are required. The primitive way of manipulating a blade with our fingers is dangerous, but it gives excellent control and alignment with the skin surface, and no sterile handle is required. To prevent finger damage, a new approach is employed to cover the blade’s handling edge with adhesive tape, which is commonly accessible, aseptic, disposable, and inexpensive.
To combat the problems of finger safety and alignment with the skin, one edge of the blade is wrapped with adhesive micropore or leucoplast tape (or Surgical Adhesive Elastoplast) [Figure 1]. Following this, the blade is bent or folded by 30–45° at its connecting part. During the procedure, the wrapped part is handled with fingers, while the other part is used for the shaving surgery [Video 1]. During its use, there is no apprehension of finger injury, and the cutting edge of the blade has proper alignment with the skin surface and very good control on the blade and its movement due to fingers. Thus, this customization of the blade can be a good option for handling the blade, better shaving surgery, and ultra-thin Thiersch’s graft harvesting. For a tiny cutting edge, the blade is divided lengthwise at the connecting component, and then half of its cutting edge is covered in tape for finger safety [Figure 2 and Video 2].
Video 1:Video 1:The wrapped-edge blade is being handled with the finger while the cutting edge is to be used for shaving surgery.
Video 2:Video 2:The wrapped half edge of a halved blade can be used for shaving small skin lesions.
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