Slicing Us Open: What Scalpels Reveal About Human Nature

Close your eyes and imagine the operating room, feel the cold steel table you are lying on. Now look around your cold bed. You spot the big lights the surgeons will use to illuminate your body. You see the surgical technicians bustling around and finishing setting up the operating theatre. The anesthesiologist is preparing the... Continue Reading →

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  Close your eyes and imagine the operating room, feel the cold steel table you are lying on. Now look around your cold bed. You spot the big lights the surgeons will use to illuminate your body. You see the surgical techs bustling around and finishing setting up the operating theatre. The anesthesiologist is preparing... Continue Reading →

“An Investigation into the Impact of Safety Features on the Ergonomics of Surgical Scalpels”

Wu, Xuefang, Thomson, Gareth, Tang, Benjie. “An Investigation into the Impact of Safety Features on the Ergonomics of Surgical Scalpels.” Applied Ergonomics, vol. 40 no.3 2009 pp. 424-432. http://ntserver1.wsulibs.wsu.edu:2114/science/article/pii/ S0003687008001610 A study was done on how new designs of “safety” scalpels can affect the effectiveness of the scalpel’s use. Wu discusses the importance of the... Continue Reading →

“Disposable Equipment and Environmental Pollution”

Cheng, Tsung O. “Disposable Equipment and Environmental Pollution.” Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol. 14 no. 1 1989 pp. 264 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0735109789900879?via%3Dihub Dr. Cheng writes about the astonishing amount of waste created by using disposable items in the hospitals. Most of these items are not even used before they are discarded. That creates unnecessary... Continue Reading →

“World’s Smallest Knives”

Eisenstein, Paul. “World’s Smallest Knives.” Popular Mechanics, vol. 180 no.10 2003 pp. 56. http://ntserver1.wsulibs.wsu.edu:2204/ehost/detail/detail?vid=0&sid=72f8f9a0-cf7c-484c-8b7a-eb01e402f206%40sessionmgr101&bdata= JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=mth&AN=10855868 The newest types of cutting devices are amazingly small and precise. Just recently a diamond scalpel was developed with a cutting edge that “is a thousand times finer than today’s best metal surgical blades” which means greater precision. Recently there... Continue Reading →

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