bandage scissors

  1. I am getting ready to start a new job with alot of bandage changes. I have a pair of scissors right now, but I swear they are so dull. I have tried to sharpen them, but it doesn't matter. So, my question is do I take my scissors to a professional to sharpen them or get a new pair? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you.
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  3. by   canoehead
    You can get a pair of kids cutting scissors for $5 at the grocery store, and they work just as well with the bonus that if they are dull or very soiled you chuck them and get new. Don't pay extra just for the label "bandage".
  4. by   TazziRN
    Just make sure the kids' scissors have blunt ends. I've seen pointed ones advertised for kids, you do not want to use those on a pt.
  5. by   K98
    Our facility gave all RNs bandage scissors. I also carry a pair of trauma shears with me for serious wads of silk tape.
  6. by   prmenrs
    Get a pkg of emery boards and cut some up w/your bandage scissors.

    I have to say that bandage scissors aren't that $$, so if the above tip doesn't do it, get a new pair. $5.60
    Last edit by prmenrs on Jan 17, '08
  7. by   confused101
    I went and got mine sharpened today. They are all metal and I hate to part with them. cost me 8.00 and I have had them from the beginning of my nursing school days. The person who sharpened them said that he does all kinds of them especially for vets. Thanks for the tip about the kids scissors.
  8. by   sleepyndopey
    I have had my scissors for 6 years. I bought them at a Rite Aid Pharmacy for $7.00. I feel naked without them in my pocket. I love them:redpinkhe. When my co-workers ask me to borrow them I always give them a long speech about how they are my favorite scissors, I've had them for 6 years, blah, blah, blah. Sometimes I threaten to harm the co-worker if they don't return them to me. :spin:. Oh man, if anyone I work with sees this post they will know who I am.
  9. by   TheCommuter
    Last year, I purchased 7 pairs of bandage scissors online at for $12, which was a bargain in my opinion.
  10. by   prmenrs
    I have bought batches of them for work. We need them for the "band ceremony"--my term for the last time you check armband #s w/mom before cutting off the bands and baby lo-jack and d/c'ing them. Those scissors seem to rapidly grow legs. Someday, we're going to open a closet door and be buried under an avalanche of bandage scissors!!
  11. by   nici1978
    actually i am a wound care nurse and i never had to buy my own, we get them from our hospital, they get sterilized every day after use and will be occasionally sharpened

  12. by   theatredork
    For those that use bandage scissors, do you clean them after every time you use them?
  13. by   JustaGypsy
    I work ER and find the typical trauma shears too bulky... I have since found in a few catalogs trauma shears that are only 5 1/2 inches. Perfect size, fit in back pocket easily, and cut like a dream, even through zippers!!!
  14. by   ?burntout
    Quote from ihave206bones
    For those that use bandage scissors, do you clean them after every time you use them?
    I do. I either wipe them down with alcohol swabs or use the germicidal wipes at work.