Thumb forceps are spring forceps used by compression between your thumb and forefinger and are used for grasping, holding or manipulating body tissue. They are non-ratchet style. For example, you could use thumb forceps to hold or move tissue during surgery or to move dressings.
- Thumb Forceps · Small grooves, but no teeth on the tips · Hold tissue by pressure applied to the handles
- Used for the manipulation and grasping of tissue during surgery. They are non-locking, they contain a grasping surface and may or may not have teeth.
- Forceps without teeth are thought to cause less tissue trauma, however they often require more pressure to hold tissues than do forceps with teeth, and can subsequently cause greater damage to tissues.
- Should be held between the thumb and index finger with a pencil grip when in use, and in the palmed position when not in use.
- Correct Handling: Thumb forceps should be held between the thumb and index finger with a pencil grip when in use, and in the palmed position when in use.