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Malpractice: Volkmann's Contracture Attributed to Improper Bandaging.—
The plaintiff, a 7 year old boy, sustained a supracondylar Y-shaped fracture of his right humerus. The defendant physician set the fracture and "used adhesive tape at the wrist and on the outside of the arm to hold it in position, no tape going clear around at either place, but just to give support for a piece of tape to go over the shoulder and hold the hand up to the chest." By observing the radial pulse in the injured arm, the physician found it was not as strong as that in the other arm, so he cut the tape and lowered the arm a little until the radial pulse in both arms was the same. The arm was then supported in a loose sling. The next day the patient was taken to a hospital and, with the aid of a fluoroscope, the
Medicolegal. JAMA. 1934;103(1):66. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750270068034