Péan-type artery forceps, Paris, France, 1820-1866
Artery forceps are used to compress the artery and seal small blood vessels or to hold the artery out of the way during surgery. Made by Charrière, a Parisian surgical instrument maker, this type of forceps was invented by Jean Péan (1830-1898), a Parisian surgeon. Péan was known for leaving forceps on vessels for several hours – and sometimes days – during surgery in order to avoid stitching the vessel. It was quite common for surgeons to invent new instruments to aid their work.
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Glossary: artery forceps
forceps are a two-bladed instrument with a handle for compressing or grasping tissues in surgical operations, and for handling sterile dressings, etc. Artery forceps are for specifically grasping and compressing an artery.
The stopping of bleeding, either naturally or artificially.