A scalpel is a surgical cutting instrument. They consist of a handle onto which a blade is attached. The blades are always made of metal and were traditionally attached to a metal handle, although disposable plastic handles are now available.
Universal fitting. Remove with blade facing away with you.
- Pass via a container (e.g. metal kidney dish) rather than directly from hand to hand.
- Single-use disposals with blade already attached to handle increasingly used.