Spencer Wells artery forceps

Spencer Wells artery forceps

A self-retaining, scissors-like forceps fitted with a ratchet, and used to clamp bleeding arteries until they can conveniently be tied off with catgut ligatures. A haemostat. (Sir Thomas Spencer Wells, 1818–97, English ophthalmic and gynaecological surgeon).
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