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The usual bandage used after thyroidectomies goes around the neck and crosses in front under the arms. It is a bandage par excellence for use in the operating room. After the first dressing, however, it has two defects: 1. It is uncomfortable, and patients complain of its cutting under the arms. 2. At each dressing the patients must be exposed, which is a still more weighty objection. It was with these two points in view that I devised a way to use a bandage which would be comfortable and stable, and would require no unnecessary exposure of the patient.
The bandage in itself is simple and needs no description. A width of an inch and a half makes a convenient size. While the plain circular bandage often used in cases of thyroidectomy may look satisfactory when it is first put on, it becomes loose in a short time and, slipping
John HJ. THYROIDECTOMY BANDAGE. JAMA. 1918;70(1):23. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.26010010004009d