The Vital Role of the Clark Socket in Medical Procedures

September 19, 2023

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Clark Sockets are essential surgical table accessories that provide immense support and stability for critical equipment during surgical procedures. In this article, we’ll explore the purpose of a Clark Socket, how it works, and why it’s so important in medical procedures. 

What is a Clark Socket? 

A Clark Socket is designed to attach surgical equipment and accessories to the operating table during a surgical procedure. They can accommodate different mounting posts—including flat blades and round posts—and are compatible with a wide range of surgical accessories and equipment. This means that hospitals and surgical centers do not have to purchase separate sockets for different types of equipment. 

Why Are Clark Sockets Important For Medical Procedures?

The Clark socket provides a secure and stable connection between the surgical table and the additional equipment necessary for a certain procedure. This helps ensure the stability and safety of the patient and allows medical professionals to work with increased precision and accuracy. By having a stable connection, the surgeon can focus on the surgery without worrying about the equipment moving or becoming detached.  

In addition to its stability, the Clark Socket also provides flexibility in positioning table accessories and equipment. The socket can be adjusted to fit the desired angle, height, or position required for a particular surgery or piece of equipment, enabling the surgeon to have better access to the surgical site.  

Another advantage of Clark sockets is that they are incredibly durable. Because they are made from high-quality materials—such as stainless steel—they are designed to withstand the rigors of the operating room. This means that they can be easily and frequently reused, making them a cost-effective choice for surgical facilities. 

Types of Clark Sockets 

Different types of Clark Sockets are compatible with different types of equipment. When choosing a Clark Socket, it is important to consider the desired accessory position, rotation range, type of table, and material.  

AliMed® Original Clark Sockets are the most durable on the market, withsolid stainless steel construction and teeth that won’t chip or wear down. These Clark Sockets fit all O.R. tables with standard U.S. side rails, accepts round posts up to 11/16” diameter, and rotates 360º in 12º increments. 

FREEDOM® Clark Socket Table Clamps are made of anodized aluminum, making them up to 50% lighter than stainless steel sockets, with an ergonomic handle that enables stronger torque and is easy to see amidst drapes and equipment. The sockets accept round posts up to 11/16" diameter and flat blades up to 1" wide and 1⁄4" thick. They fit all O.R. tables with standard U.S. side rails and rotate 360º in 5º increments. 

AliMed® Side Rail Sockets vertically mount accessories at rail ends or notches. These sockets feature extremely durable stainless steel construction, fit all O.R. tables with standard U.S. side rails, and accept flat blades up to 1" wide and 1⁄4" thick. 

When choosing a Clark socket, it is important to ensure that the socket is compatible with the accessories or equipment needed for the surgery being performed. When properly attached and utilized as intended, Clark sockets help promote safety and efficiency during surgical procedures, making them an invaluable tool to have in the operating room. 


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