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December 8, 1917

HAS THE NEW-BORN CHILD WITH SUTURED CORD A BETTER START IN LIFE?

Author Affiliations

Senior Physician, City Hospital; Visiting Gynecologist, City Hospital ST. LOUIS

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(23):1963-1966. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590500045012
Abstract

This report is based on the study of 450 babies born at the City Hospital between March, 1916, and April, 1917. In half of these babies the cord was amputated by the suture ligature method of Dickinson; in the other half, the cord was ligated with two tape ligatures, one of which was placed near the skin margin of the umbilicus. No antiseptics were used in either case except a single application of alcohol to the skin margin in the amputated cases. Dry sterile gauze was placed over the umbilicus and left unchanged until the suture was removed or the cord came off, unless the dressing was accidently soiled. All the babies were cared for by the intern staff of the hospital, supervised in a general way by the senior physician in the obstetric division. The nursing care and records were in charge of Miss Pommel, who has been head

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