Scalpel 04 Introduction

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Scalpel 04 Introduction

This subsection has text from an interactive multimedia training program on basic 
surgical skills called PrimeSkills in Surgery.
You can use this subsection on its own or follow the whole program (further details at the end of 
this subsection).


We are assuming that you can use a kitchen knife safely and effectively.


By the end of this chapter you should be able to confidently incise and dissect simulated skin using a scalpel.


The scalpel is largely confined to operations on the skin.


Other uses include opening the peritoneum, sheaths and aponeuroses, debriding wounds and opening abscesses.


Smaller blades are used for primary incision of vessels such as bile ducts, arteries, and ureters.


Sharp dissection using a scalpel is a dying art.


The simulated skin gives a good idea of the feel and the 3-dimensional aspect of skin.


You should be well on the way to performing similar incisions and dissections on real skin.


This is in preparation to removing a skin swelling.


Next subsection, click on Scalpel 05 Parts
Last subsection, click on  Scalpel 03 Equipment and materials
Surgical Education and Training page, click on Surgical Education and Training
Whole program on WikiSurgery, click on PrimeSkills in Surgery
Whole program on CD-ROM, click on Michael Edwards