West Chester, PA: Sklar Instruments is proud to announce a new collaboration with New Market Veterans, LLC, a Certified Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) incorporated in Virginia.
A recent FDA ban on powdered medical gloves1 has brought attention back to airway inflammation and allergic reactions. It serves as a reminder to be vigilant about related latex allergy.
Homeopathic remedies, excavated tools, sexual taboos, questionable medical ethics of testing on slaves, and handful of influential physicians have paved the way for the modern instrument of today.
If you grew up in the 70’s, the 21st century was seen as a time warp bubble or a farfetched dream. A place where technology was supposed to be so advanced that many of the things you were used to either evolved and transformed into something else, or inevitably disappeared. Among the things that did disappear: the 8-track, typewriters, rotary dial phones and mercury thermometers. Yet, there are still some inventions, trendy at that time, which are still cherished today, like: vinyl records, lava lamps, Star Wars action figures, platform shoes and stethoscopes. Yes, stethoscopes.
Forceps were originally designed to help deliver a baby in an era where many women died from childbirth. The origin of the word comes from Latin, “forca,” which means to grab or grip an object. Forceps illustrated in ancient documents would have served as destructive instruments rather than aiding ones. There was little or no concern for the baby, and many were stillborn before any form of intervention was considered. During the middle ages, mechanical assistance was provided when delivery was obstructed. Instruments used by the Barber Surgeon or ladles from the kitchen were used to help a woman give birth. At that time, midwives were in charge of managing a hard labor, however, there are few written accounts of the process. Midwifery was almost a taboo, and mainly controlled by the church. The practice was cloaked in superstition. There is an example from a “Dame Trot” who practiced in Salermo during the 11th century: “When there is a difficult labour with a dead child, place the patient in a sheet held at the corners by four strong men, with her head somewhat elevated. Have them shake the sheet vigorously by pulling on the opposite corners, and with God’s will she will give birth.”1
Patients should be aware of a medical practice that has become dangerously common during the last few years. Disposable medical instruments are being reused by hospitals even though manufacturers insist that these devices should be used once and then thrown away. So, why do some hospitals reprocess single-use instruments? Their answer is simple. They claim it saves them money. Why use a disposable pair of scissors to cut the umbilical cord on only one newborn child, when it’s better to reprocess them and use them on two newborns? The full price they paid for a single pair of scissors gets cut by 50% when utilizing this practice.
As a long standing surgical instrument manufacturer, we pride ourselves in being on the cutting edge of healthcare advancement, trends and news. Our purpose is not only to understand what is happening today, but also apply that understanding to the development of surgical instruments for the future. As your trusted source, we not only educate ourselves, but disseminate this valuable research to those who work with surgical instruments every day. Ensuring that in an ever evolving world, your healthcare facility runs with the highest of standards while still being cost efficient and competitive.
Why Sklar is Your Trusted Leader
For 124 years, Sklar has set the standard for surgical instruments. In 1982, German born instrument maker John Sklar, founded the company to fill a need for American made surgical instruments and the rest is history...
Today,Sklar is headquartered in West Chester, Pennsylvania where it remains the authority on the manufacture of high quality surgical instruments to medical professionals in 75 countries worldwide.