The Concepts of Four-handed Dentistry Including Ergonomic Instrument Transfer and Exercises for Stress Reduction
Course Number: 643
Use of Non-Locking Forceps
If non-locking forceps are used, the assistant must maintain a grasp on the forceps to ensure the beaks do not separate during transfer.
After the material to be transferred has been placed into the forceps beaks, the forceps are paralleled with the used instrument that is to be exchanged.
The instrument is exchanged in the same manner as other instruments.
When the forceps are returned to the assistant, the working end of the forceps is grasped in the palm of the hand to eliminate dropping the contents.
The forceps are not rolled back into position, but rather the assistant discards the materials from the forceps and returns the instrument to the tray.