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The Dark Corners of Surgical Dentistry's Origins

Posted by Marielba Cancel on Dec 14, 2016 11:00:53 AM

Early Man

The history of dentistry dates back to the origins of man. Stone-age humans suffered tooth decay from excessive wearing of the teeth, owing to powerful jaw muscles and a harsh diet filled with sand and grit from their grinding bowls. The remains of prehistoric teeth show extensive wear and even bone loss, which is indicative of gingivitis.1 Even though there is evidence showing that primitive humans suffered from toothaches and gum-related maladies, there is no documentation about dentistry being practiced in antiquity. The earliest historical record for treating dental woes dates from the year 7000 BC. The civilization of the Indus Valley was the first to show evidence of treating tooth decay. 

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Topics: Sklar, Research, Dentistry

Free CE Course Designed for Physicians, Nurses, Sterile Processing Technicians & Central Supply Specialists

Posted by Marielba Cancel on Dec 8, 2016 9:35:10 AM


Sklar believes that education is the most important tool anyone can have, and educating healthcare professionals has always been a top priority for us. Many hours and collective effort have gone in the development of our free CE course, and it makes us proud to have you take advantage of it.

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Topics: Sklar, Research, Healthcare, Single-use Instruments, Sterile Disposables

Have you heard the buzz about stethoscopes?

Posted by Marielba Cancel on Dec 2, 2016 2:14:46 PM

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.

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Topics: Sklar, Research, Healthcare, Stethoscopes

The Evolution of the Surgical Forceps

Posted by Marielba Cancel on Nov 16, 2016 9:40:05 AM

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 

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Topics: Sklar, Forceps, Research, Healthcare

The Oldest Surgical Instrument in the World

Posted by Marielba Cancel on Nov 8, 2016 10:32:11 AM

Surgical Knife or Scalpel? Where did it come from?

The knife was the first tool developed by humans, and it is still the most widely used tool today. Knives are used by seamstresses, gardeners, hair dressers, cooks, artists, and surgeons. It is an essential tool for many professions that range from mechanical to technological, and it is also handy at the dining table. So, who were the first ones to use it in medicine?

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Topics: Sklar, Healthcare, Single-use Instruments, Scalpel

An Interview with Neurosurgeon Dr. Tavanaiepour; His Views on the Medical Industry

Posted by Marielba Cancel on Nov 1, 2016 10:42:36 AM

Dr. Daryoush Tavanaiepour Interim Chair, Department of Neurosurgery, Medical Director, Skull Based Surgery, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Florida

Dr. Tavanaiepour works at UF Health College of Medicine in Downtown, Jacksonville, and he was so kind as to set aside some time out of his busy schedule, to receive us for a casual interview.

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Topics: Healthcare, Single-use Instruments, Sterile Disposables, Neurosurgery

Four Essential Uses for Biopsy Punches

Posted by Marielba Cancel on Oct 24, 2016 10:56:07 AM

A biopsy punch is a circular hollow blade attached to a long, pencil-like handle. It is available as a disposable or a reusable instrument, and it is found in various diameters, ranging from 0.5mm to 10mm. They are used for simple procedures where a skin sample is needed for further study. While some may believe that this instrument is used almost exclusively by dermatologists, the biopsy punch has other purposes.

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Topics: Healthcare, Research, Biopsy Punch

Top 3 brushes for hospitals and surgery centers

Posted by Marielba Cancel on Oct 14, 2016 2:23:18 PM

One of the key components in medical instrument cleaning is using the appropriate brush. With so many available options in the market today, it is important for staff to use the right brush to clean instruments thoroughly. Technicians should be familiar with the length and gauge of the brush, and which bristle types should be used on each specific device. Here are some helpful tips:

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Topics: Healthcare, Care & Cleaning

Microbial Surface Contamination: A Real Concern for All Healthcare Facilities

Posted by Marielba Cancel on Sep 29, 2016 1:30:00 PM

Microbes have been known to exist in the environment since the beginning of time. Some microbes are as old as Earth itself. They are an inherent element of life. Microbes are found everywhere, deep inside the Earth’s crust, in the polar caps and in all bodies of water. They are also found in plants, animals, humans, and they reside in your clothes and hair. Microbes have played a part in shaping the different habitats across the globe, and have even helped mold the evolution of many life forms.

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Topics: Microbial Surface Contamination, SSI, Healthcare, Care & Cleaning

Insider Study: Single-Use Instrument Facts Everyone Should Know

Posted by Marielba Cancel on Sep 20, 2016 8:47:33 AM

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.

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Topics: Healthcare, Single-use Instruments, Sklar, Sterile Disposables