Customer information on surgical artery clamps and their use
An artery clamp, also called a vascular clamp, is a medical instrument for short-term grasping and holding of severed blood vessels, for primary hemostasis or before the intended ligature, for example during an operation. At first glance, the clamps have a certain resemblance to surgical scissors and are held like these, but instead of cutting surfaces they have two cross-serrated jaws with detents. They are usually made of stainless steel. There are a variety of modifications or further developments of the arterial clamps, which are often named after their inventor or developer, such as the Kocher clamp
(sharp and straight or slightly curved, serrated at the end of the blade) after Emil Theodor Kocher, the Péan clamp
(blunt and fluted at the end of the sheet) according to Jules Émile Péan, the Halsted clamp
according to William Stewart Halsted (straight or curved, without teeth, also called mosquito clamp
) or the Mikulicz clamp
according to Johann von Mikulicz. the "rescue clamp". This is a Péan clamp, which has a ring and a hook instead of the two rings on the handle. The hook is used to attach infusion bags or bottles that can be attached with the clamp above the patient. Conversely, things that cannot easily be hung up (e.g. on a ring, a pole, etc.) can be gripped with the clamp and used as a "hanger". There are also arterial clamps that are named according to the type of application, such as abdominal clamp or intestinal clamp. The tissue clamp, which is used to attach surgical drapes to the patient, is not included in the artery clamps.