Rapid Communication| Volume 57, ISSUE 6, P817-818, June 1965

Cross-action forceps for the dilation of blood vessels or ducts during catheterization

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      This instrument is specifically designed to quickly separate and dilate any incision in blood vessels or ducts to allow easy insertion of various catheters, probes, or rods. The entire procedure takes a matter of seconds, and catheterization is accomplished in a single maneuver. The incision in the vessel or duct is much smaller than those required by standard methods of catheterization. There is no tearing or shredding of the vessel walls in order to achieve adequate dilation, and the need for other instruments which may severely traumatize the vessel is eliminated. It is not necessary to spend needless time hunting for the original incision in a collapsed vessel. This instrument has been clinically tested.
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        • Healey J.
        • Moore E.
        • Sheena K.
        A vascular dilator and catheter guide.
        Am. J. Surg. 1962; 103: 230