Hoffman’s clip is a medical device used to secure a chest tube in place after thoracic surgery or trauma. It is named after Dr. Henry Hoffman, who first described its use in 1953. The clip consists of two metal bars that are joined at one end and can be separated at the other end to allow the chest tube to be placed between them.
Once the chest tube is in place, the bars are squeezed together to hold the tube securely. Hoffman’s clips are commonly used in thoracic surgery and critical care settings because they are easy to apply and provide a secure hold without the need for sutures or other invasive methods.