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This instrument is used to pack cavities, such as gun-shot wounds, stab wounds, fistulas, sinuses, the uterus, vagina, nares, rectum, etc. It carries the gauze where it is desired and packs tightly or loosely, as is necessary.
The instrument is in the shape of a tube with a piston inside. The front end of this piston or push-rod is bifurcated, pushing the gauze forward, and when the piston is drawn back two small hooks attached to the inside and toward the far end of the tube keep the gauze from coming back. There are three rings, two on the sides of the tube and one at the near end of the rod, or piston. The thumb is placed into this last, and the fore and middle fingers in the rings on the sides of the tube. There are five sizes, varying from six to twelve inches in length and from
BAKER AG. The Darmack Surgical Dressing Packer.. JAMA. 1900;XXXV(15):950. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24620410034002
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