Core Surgical Skills: Basic Instrument Use

Scalpels: Learning Objectives

After completing this module you should be able to:

  1. Identify various scalpel blades and where they are commonly used in surgery
  2. Safely arm, disarm, and pass the scalpel to an assistant
  3. Demonstrate the three different scalpel grips, state when the different grips are used in surgery, and list the advantages and disadvantages of each scalpel grip
  4. Describe the methods of cutting with a scalpel blade, state when these methods of cutting are used in surgery, and list the advantages and disadvantages of each cutting method
  5. Explain the general elements necessary to create an ideal skin incision and demonstrate in detail each of the steps involved in creating an ideal skin incision