Intracellular recording: safety with glass and other sharps
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Break the 1mm diameter thin-wall electrode glass firmly between strong fingernails; use a glass cutter for larger diameter and thicker glass.
Pull the electrodes carefully; don't blow away the little bits of glass - brush them up!
During filling and use, Keep the points of electrode and syringe needle away from you
After use place the electrodes in a Sharps bin
Dispose of all broken glass in a marked glass/sharps container
Don't wipe bits of broken glass off the desk or equipment with your hands. Use a brush!
Pins, scalpels and forceps
Watch for pins that fly away, don't lose them or put your fingers/ arms/ feet /legs on them. Put bent pins carefully in the sharps bin
Snail dissection rarely requires a scalpel, so use scissors and forceps instead. Put the tips of any scalpels you use in a plastic pipette tip when you're not using them.
Try not to drop forceps; their points can hurt you!
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