Surgical hemostatic forceps 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.
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="496"] Surgical Hemostatic Forceps[/caption]
However, the discovery of the hemostasis process, the body’s natural ability to arrest bleeding from a wound or cut, in 16th-century Europe gave birth to the idea of clamping blood vessels before suturing them during surgeries. Once the 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, surgical hemostatic forceps 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.
In March 2020, Ethicon, part of Johnson & Johnson, released its SURGICEL® POWDER ABSORBABLE HEMOSTAT in Thailand, New Zealand, and Australia, with the product already being available in Singapore and Hong Kong. Ethicon’s novel product is a powdered adjunctive hemostat, developed to aid surgeons to effectively control disruptive bleeding during operations, which is highly likely to occur in patients suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes and cancer.
Designed to arrest continuous bleeding on broad surfaces, the powder hemostat is ideal for a wide array of cardiovascular, oncologic, gynecologic, and general surgical procedures. The company has also planned to launch the product in India, Malaysia, and Japan later this year.