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The greatest objection to the use of adhesive straps over wounds arises mainly from a collection of crusts or dried secretion under them, and from the difficulty of inspecting and changing the underlying dressings. This difficulty can be easily remedied by taking common dress hooks, A, bend the circular parts of the shank at a right angle, B, and fix them on the end of an inch strap of Meads, a similar adhesive plaster, C. The straps with the hooked ends may be placed one inch or more from the border of the wound, D, on either side and tension made with small rubber bands over any desired dressing, which will thus be comfortably retained in place. By unhooking the bands, the dressing may be removed without disturbing the straps, wound or patient. These hooks thus made were originated by me. I have used them over twenty years with satisfaction.
KING EH. TENSION ADHESIVE STRAPS.. JAMA. 1897;XXIX(3):143. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440290037021a