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To the Editor:—
A skin hook, constructed at the time of surgery from a disposable injection needle, has been used for the past year in the dermatology department with gratifying results (Figure).
The skin hook is prepared as follows: (1) Select a needle of the appropriate size for the anticipated surgery. (2) With a special instrument, or an old hemostat, bend the needle point toward the bevel. (3) Twist bent needle on handle snugly. (4) Examine the point to be sure the metal did not break or crack. (5) Before using the instrument, test the strength of the newly made hook on a sterile cloth. This is important to insure that a small piece of metal is not lost in the surgical wound.
There are seven advantages to this method: (1) A sharp hook is readily available. (2) Instrument costs are reduced. The handle is reusable. (3) The
Brothers WS, Lowell G. Disposable Skin Hook. JAMA. 1968;205(10):704-705. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140360064024