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December 16, 1911

A NEW SCALP HEMOSTAT

Author Affiliations

DES MOINES, IOWA

JAMA. 1911;LVII(25):1995. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260120185022

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Abstract

To be satisfactory in all conditions encountered in varying scalps a hemostat must meet the following requirements:

1. It must compress the entire thickness of the scalp evenly at the incision with sufficient force to control all hemorrhage, but without bruising the tissues.

2. When applied it must never be in the way of the operator.

3. It must facilitate subsequent work on the skull.

4. It must facilitate the introduction of sutures.

In order to meet these requirements I have devised the hemostat here illustrated. The beaks are placed at right angles to the shanks and present a biting surface of an inch in length, armed with two ridges. They are slightly curved from side to side so as to form a half circle when four to six are introduced. The shanks, but especially the inferior one, are slightly curved in their longitudinal axis with the concavity downward so

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