Towel and sponge clamps are surgical instruments used to secure sterile towels, drapes, or sponges to the patient’s body during surgical procedures. They are designed to hold these items in place, ensuring a sterile field and preventing contamination of the surgical site.

These clamps typically consist of two jaws or prongs that can be opened and closed using a ratcheted mechanism. The jaws have serrated edges or teeth that grip onto the fabric or sponge securely, preventing them from slipping or moving during the procedure.

There are various types and sizes of towel and sponge clamps, each designed for specific purposes and surgical specialties. Some common types include:

  1. Backhaus Towel Clamps: Backhaus clamps are small, curved clamps with pointed tips and sharp teeth. They are commonly used to secure surgical drapes or towels to the patient’s skin or draping material.
  2. Jones Towel Clamps: Jones clamps are similar to Backhaus clamps but have longer jaws and are often used for securing larger drapes or towels during surgery.
  3. Allis Tissue Forceps: Although technically not towel or sponge clamps, Allis forceps have a similar function in securing tissue or drapes during surgery. They have multiple interlocking teeth that grasp onto the tissue or fabric securely.
  4. Foerster Sponge Forceps: Foerster forceps have a wider jaw with rounded tips and smooth edges, making them suitable for grasping sponges or swabs without damaging delicate tissues.
  5. Rat Tooth Forceps: Rat tooth forceps have small, sharp teeth along the jaws, making them suitable for grasping towels, drapes, or sponges securely.

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