Splinter forceps can be used for many purposes, such as:
- Removing and inserting wound closure adhesive strips (e.g. the Curity Adhesive Wound Closure Strips, for example);
- Removing of sutures;
- Isolating of small blood vessels when needed for electrosurgical destruction;
- Securing suture ends before they are cut.
Splinter forceps can also be generally useful when suturing (stitching) wounds. You can also use them to remove small foreign particles from wounds before dressings are applied.
These forceps can be in either straight or curved form. When curved, they allow the user to reach wounds in small areas such as the mouth or in other places that might not be reachable using straight forceps.