About S-Cut Cutting Tools

The S-CUT was developed in Sweden in 2005 by Bjorn Ahlen, Mimmi Olsson and Martin Bergstrand.

Paramedic (Inventor) Bjorn Ahlen discovered that the existing scissors or emergency shears was far from perfect when overseeing and evaluating a sanitation drill. When removing different clothing it just took too long, put the patient/victims at risk (because of the sharp blade of the emergency shears) and was most of the time difficult to use.

At large accidents especially, where there are multiple victims and time is of the essence! To remove clothing and get full access is paramount to save lives.

Bjorn started to think about better solutions for this and joined forces with Mimmi Olsson and Martin Bergstrand and in 2005 the S-CUT was launched.

The result is a unique product series which replaces emergency shears and conventional knives. A tool which can be used in either the left or right hand and is easily used with thick gloves. The S-CUT easily cuts through leather and all textile materials such as Gore Tex with just one cut.

The S-CUT is manufactured in Sweden and is currently used in every ambulance and emergency department in Sweden. It is also used throughout Europe, the Swedish International Rescue Service, Fire Brigades, the Swedish Army, the US Army, FBI, prisons, US first responder and US hospitals among others.

S-Cut Cutting Tool

Time is of the essence


The “golden hour” is a well known term used in accident situations, meaning simply that the injured have a greater chance of survival if they get proper treatment within the first hour. Speed of treatment is an even more critical factor in cases of cardiac arrest, where medical staff thinks in terms of minutes rather than hours. As John Herlitz, Professor in Cardiology at Sahlgrenska University Hospital
in Gothenburg confirms:

“A single minute gained can contribute significantly to a patient’s chance of survival.”**

** Source: Advanced versus Basic Life Support in the Pre-Hospital setting. International Journal of Disaster medicine 2004; 2: 9-17