Tweezer, forceps, needle pullers – here's some information on selecting the proper forceps for your application.
|Dressing Forceps - General purpose
Dumont Tweezer - High Quality, Swiss made
Economy/Student Forceps - Disposable
Miscellaneous Forceps - Specialized applications
Regine Tweezers - Fine Swiss made
Round Hollow Handle Forceps - Lighter weight/easier handling
Tungsten Carbide Forceps - Lasts longer than stainless steel
Tissue Forceps - Designed for handling tissue
Titanium Forceps - Anti-magnetic, corrosion-resistant
Vessel Cannulation Forceps (Cannulas) - Insert catheters into vessels
Wafer and Gel Handling Forceps - Flat jaw
Choosing Surgical Forceps
Forceps may be divided into two categories, thumb forceps (frequently called tweezers) and hinged forceps that look more like scissors. Hinged forceps may come with or without a "lock" for clamping.
The tips of the thumb forceps are pinched together for grasping tissue, electronic components, jewelry findings or other small objects. You could use thumb forceps to hold or move tissue during surgery or to move dressings. Thumb forceps are available with a variety of tips. The tips may be flat, serrated, cupped, ringed, grooved or have teeth. See the images below. Serrated tweezers (thumb forceps) are designed for use with tissues. The serrations or teeth actually cause less damage than flat forceps, because it requires less pressure to maintain a firm grip. Use smooth or cross-hatched forceps for removing sutures, moving dressing or other drapes.
Locking forceps may be called clamps and are used to securely hold tissue. When they are used to control blood flow, they are called hemostats. When used to grasp and manipulate needles, they are called needle holders.
Choosing an Alloy for your Application
|Hardness (Rockwell)||Max. Temp.Resistance||Corrosion Resistance||Magnetic|
|Stainless Steel is also known as Inox (from French acier inoxydable, a synonym for stainless steel). For general purpose use. Good resistance to corrosion. Autoclavable.|
|Dumont patented steel. Resistant to staining, but slightly softer and less magnetic than stainless steel. Higher resistance to corrosion due to high content of molybdenum and chromium. Very resistant to sulfuric acid, hydrochloric acid and other mineral and organic acids. Autoclavable. More likely to bend than to break.|
|Dumont patented steel. Highly resistant to metal fatigue, has great elasticity and is durable. Resistant to mineral and organic acids, salt. Autoclavable. More likely to break than to bend.|
|Completely stain-free, 40% lighter than regular stainless steel, completely non-magnetic, but is also the softest alloy. Can be used on corrosive environment. Autoclavable.|
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