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November 3, 1962

Seminar Discusses Use of Surgical Tape Instead of Sutures

JAMA. 1962;182(5):58. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050440110045

The effective use of a new surgical adhesive tape, in place of thread sutures, to close skin wounds and major incisions was reported to surgeons at a seminar held in conjunction with the annual clinical congress of the American College of Surgeons.

Investigators from seven U.S. hospitals and three foreign medical centers singled out the reduction of superficial skin infections—often seen with sutured wounds—as the biggest advantage of the tape closure method. The scientists reported on the use of tape strips utilizing an inert adhesive with a porous backing on more than 6,000 surgical patients over a three-year period.

Dr. Robert J. Freeark, director of Surgical Education at Cook County Hospital in Chicago said the value of closure with the tape "has been clearly established" in the management of traumatic wounds.

"In the surgical dispensary of a