Medical clips have a wide array of applications, with the most common including delineating the approximate edges of a wound, preventing blood loss from a small individual blood vessel, holding skin or other tissue in place during a medical procedure and for localization purposes in radiography.
Medical clips are available in a variety of different strengths, measured by the amount of force necessary to open the jaws of the clamp to a particular width. The width varies with the size and strength of the clip or clamp.
In general, medical clips are removed after the procedure they were involved in is completed. If any are left behind, it is viewed as a case of medical negligence.