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July 15, 1944


Author Affiliations

Senior Surgeon and Associate Surgeon, Respectively, Lawrence General Hospital Lawrence, Mass.

From the surgical service of the Lawrence General Hospital.

JAMA. 1944;125(11):785. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.72850290004007b

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It occurred to us that the ordinary methods of holding a nasal catheter in place might be improved on. With this in mind several pieces of apparatus were tried, including some that have previously been described, but we feel that the simplicity of this holder, its inexpensiveness and the effectiveness of its use, particularly in the comfort to the patient, warrant its description to the medical profession.

It is composed of a piece of elastic suspender for a head band with a buckle attached; a swivel, double adjustable unit through which the elastic is passed, and a piece of hollow metal tubing through which the nasal catheter is passed for satisfactory holding. The tubing may be adjusted in two planes to fit any patient.

The accompanying illustrations show the apparatus itself and the view of a patient five days after an intestinal resection. The patient had worn this continuously since

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