Definition : Surgical instruments designed to decapitate fetuses. These instruments typically include a wire saw blade covered at each end with a rubber sheath to prevent damage to the surrounding maternal tissues, handles at both ends, and a thimble used to pass the wire saw behind the fetal head. Decapitation is performed by pulling the blade back and forth along the fetal neck. Fetal decapitators are typically used during obstetrical procedures when the fetus is not viable or to protect the mother's life during difficult labor. Other instruments used for fetal decapitation include dedicated hooks and forceps, as well as wire-type manual saws.
Entry Terms : "Saws, Surgical, Bone, Manual, Wire, Fetal Decapitation" , "Fetal Decapitation Wire Saws" , "Blond-Heidler Fetal Decapitators" , "Decapitation Instruments" , "Fetal Head Crushers" , "Crushers, Fetal Head"
UMDC code : 21945