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Hemostats: Making Surgeries More Efficient, Effective, and Accurate

September 23, 2020 | Healthcare

The origins of surgeries in the field of medicine can be traced back to the ancient civilizations of India, China, Egypt, and Greece, where knowledge of the human anatomy was spreading, resulting in the emergence of professionals skilled in performing intricate operations on the human body. However, the discovery of the hemostasis process, the body’s natural ability to arrest bleeding from a wound or cut, in the 16th-century Europe gave birth to the idea of clamping blood vessels before suturing them during surgeries. Once surgery was firmly established as a specialized field of study and practice between the eighteenth and the nineteenth centuries, research in the field took off and rapid innovations were made to enable physicians to perform surgical procedures efficiently and accurately.

Modern surgeries are performed using sophisticated tools and hemostats form a critical component in these procedures. Absorbent sterile napkins (sponges), for instance, are deployed to dry the area in the body where the surgery is to be carried out. While hemostatic forceps are the most commonly used hemostats in surgeries, medical device companies today are developing novel instruments to support surgical procedures.