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November 1952

COMPARISON OF WOUND HEALING WITH AND WITHOUT DRESSINGSExperimental Study

Author Affiliations

ST. LOUIS
From the Surgical Division of Homer G. Phillips Hospital and the Department of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine.

AMA Arch Surg. 1952;65(5):746-751. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1952.01260020738012
Abstract

IT IS NOT unusual, while making routine surgical rounds, to find that the dressing covering the inferior angle of an inguinal hernia wound has been dislodged, exposing this portion of the wound. About three years ago, one of us (C. J. H.) became curious about the healing of these exposed wound areas and noted that differences in wound healing between covered and uncovered areas were sometimes in favor of the uncovered portion.

Soon thereafter several inguinal hernia wounds were left completely uncovered except for the loose placement thereon of a sterile towel for an hour or two at the conclusion of the operation. These wounds healed as well as those having the customary dressings. Mengert and Hermes1 in 1949 reported similar experiences in the handling of gynecological abdominal wounds. Before using this method more extensively, it seemed advisable to determine on experimental animals how quickly and effectively clean operative

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