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Advantages of these towel hooks are:
They furnish a ready means for constructing a coffer dam that will prevent skin contact of viscera. If the edges of the incised skin are transfixed through the middle section of a towel, folding the towel back will conceal the hooks throughout the operation.
Having short handles, these hooks do not require to be removed when the whole hand is introduced into the incision, and they will not interfere with the use of the retractors, or traumatize the skin.
They are inexpensive. Eight or ten would be required for an ordinary incision, and they may be strung on a long piece of tape.
The shoulder S prevents the towel from receding from the edge of the skin, and the size of these hooks may be increased somewhat for a long incision.
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Harbin RM. TOWEL HOOK. JAMA. 1916;LXVI(9):652. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.25810350001018b