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kick bucket

Commonly used term used for a medical receptacle, usually made of stainless steel, which is mounted on wheels. The term kick bucket refers to the concept that the bucket is mounted on wheels and is therefore easily moved around the operating room by the foot. During a surgical procedure, numerous pliable and disposable articles (generally referred to as sponges) are used to absorb blood or fluids encountered during the procedure. Personnel toss the used sponges into the buckets placed about the operating room. At the end of the procedure, an operating room nurse or technician can count the sponges in the bucket to ensure that all sponges used during the procedure have been accounted for.

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Kocher forceps

A strong forceps used for grasping heavy tissues or for stopping bleeding.

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