The "Cooley Rib Spreaders 35x50x200 mm" is a surgical instrument used in thoracic surgery to gently separate the ribs and provide access to the thoracic cavity during procedures such as open-heart surgery or thoracotomy.
  1. Purpose: The Cooley Rib Spreader is designed to facilitate access to the thoracic cavity by gently spreading the ribs apart, allowing surgeons to perform various thoracic surgical procedures effectively.
  2. Design: The rib spreader typically consists of two curved blades connected by a central hinge mechanism. The blades have blunt ends to minimize tissue trauma and are shaped to fit between the ribs. The length of each blade is 200 mm, and they are spaced 35 mm apart when closed and can be opened up to 50 mm to spread the ribs.
  3. Function: During a surgical procedure, the rib spreader is carefully inserted between the ribs and then gently opened using the handle mechanism, which expands the blades and separates the ribs to create a wider opening into the thoracic cavity. This provides the surgical team with improved visibility and access to the heart, lungs, or other thoracic structures.
  4. Applications: Cooley Rib Spreaders are commonly used in various thoracic surgical procedures, including coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), heart valve repair or replacement, lung surgery, and other procedures requiring access to the thoracic cavity.
  5. Sterilization: Like all surgical instruments, Cooley Rib Spreaders must undergo thorough sterilization before each use to prevent infection and ensure patient safety. Sterilization methods may include autoclaving, chemical disinfection, or other validated sterilization techniques compatible with the material composition of the instrument.
  6. Material: Cooley Rib Spreaders are typically made of high-quality stainless steel or other medical-grade materials to ensure durability, corrosion resistance, and compatibility with sterilization procedures.

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