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The accompanying cuts illustrate an instrument designed to introduce gauze into cavities in, or orifices of, the body for drainage purposes or for controlling hemorrhage.
The instrument consists of a body tube twelve inches long (I am describing size 3), one-fifth of an inch outside diameter, having two ring handles attached to its upper end, for the index and middle finger, and having within it an inner retarding tube provided with a flange above and so cut out below as to form three spurs, which project slightly into the lumen of the lower end of the tube, permitting forward movement but preventing any backward movement of the gauze when the packer is moved back to obtain a fresh hold on the gauze. A cap screws on to the upper end of the body tube to hold the retarding tube in place, having an opening in its top equal in size
COOKE CT. Gauze Carrier.. JAMA. 1900;XXXV(13):804. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24620390020002