The “cat’s paw” retractor cover

The “cat’s paw” retractor cover Eur J Plast Surg (2008) 31:45 DOI 10.1007/s00238-007-0209-8 LETTER TO THE EDITOR Tom Reisler Received: 27 June 2007 /Accepted: 6 December 2007 /Published online: 15 January 2008 Springer-Verlag 2007 Sir: The Kilner double-ended cat’s paw retractor is a commonly used surgical instrument. It has two ends, one end is blunt and right-angled, and the other has the claws of the “cat’s paw.” When handled, the pointed sharp claw is a significant hazard to glove perforation with the risk of percutaneous injury to the scrubbed theatre staff. In recent years a number of suggestions have been proposed on ways of covering the paw Fig. 1 Kilner double-ended cat’s paw retractor protected with suction tubing to prevent the above problems [1, 2]. I would like to share the method which I use to protect the exposed claw. It simply involves cutting a slit through a into the tubing (Fig. 1). The tubing can be easily taken off piece of sterile suction tubing to a length just short of the and put back on again whenever the cat’s paw end is used width of the paw end. This enables a snug fitting of the paw in the wound or exposed in the operating field, respectively. References T. Reisler (*) 1. Chapman T, Ali SN, Heywood T (2004) Reducing surgical hazard Burns Unit, Department of Plastic Surgery, associated with the Kleinert’s “cat’s paw” retractor. Plast Reconstr Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Surg 114:1666 Fulham Road, 2. Koshy O, Saour S (2006) Reducing the risk of sharps injury London SW10 9NH, UK associated with Kleinert’s “cat’s paw” retractor. Plast Reconstr e-mail: Surg. 117:2509, author reply 2509–10 European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

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