The clamp's primary purpose is to prevent unexpected changes of position in the surgical draping, ensuring that the field remains sterile and clear so that the doctor can focus on the task at hand. In addition to being used in OR settings, they are also used in routine procedures in clinics. For example, when a dentist drapes a patient to prepare for tootl cleaning, towel clamps may be involved.
The basic towel clamp design includes locking handles and a tip which may be curved or pointed, and may have teeth for traction. To use the towel clamp, someone opens the clamp, positions it where it is needed, and closes it again. The clamp will hold until someone releases it.