Tools of the trade: Olsen-Hegar Needle Holder

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needle holderby Dr Abigail Vaughan, Ashgrove Avenue Veterinary Clinic, Brisbane, QLD

I’ve been using the Olsen-Hegar needle holders since I started working as a vet 10 years ago. I use them in all different types of surgeries for placing ligatures and stitching up.

What’s good about it

What I like about this instrument is that it combines a needle holder with scissors in one handpiece. You can use them as a needle holder to put the suture material in place and then cut the suture material once you’ve finished. Having to set down the needle holder and then find the scissors is simply inefficient. This instrument is convenient and a great time saver.

They come in a range of different sizes and lengths. It’s really just a personal preference as to which one you choose. They have a smooth action and are autoclavable.

Basically, they are just like standard needle holders but incorporating scissors into the instrument sets them apart from other brands. They make the job easier and save time—that’s why I choose to use them.

What’s not so good

It’s possible to accidentally cut the suture material instead of grabbing it with the needle drivers, so you have to be a bit careful when using them. It’s not a big drama; it just means you need to get some more suture material.

Where did you get it

DLC

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