Skull Clamp Placement
Last Updated: September 27, 2018
The discussion in this chapter describes the correct application of the Mayfield® three-point skull stabilization and fixation device (Integra LifeSciences, Plainsboro, NJ) primarily during craniotomy procedures. This device has stood the test of time and its sophistication relies on its simplicity.
The initial step in skull fixation involves firm application of the two-point arm to the patient’s cranium before applying pressure with the contralateral single pin. When considering clamp placement, the surgeon must be mindful of the anatomy of the patient’s head to avoid pin...