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Hello Rex, A hemostat is used during surgery to clamp off arteries and
veins. Stop by your physician’s office and ask to see one. Here’s a
website showing a picture.

They obviously get used outside of surgery and are very handy clamps
for lots of purposes. In fact, many restaurants keep a long handled
hemostat for emergency removal of food from a choking customer’s
esophagus! Judy in Kansas (How far from Kansas is OZ anyway?? And,
no, my dog is not named Toto.)

Judy M. Willingham, R.S.
Extension Associate
221 Call Hall Kansas State Univerisity
Manhattan KS 66506
(785) 532-1213 FAX (785) 532-5681