February 1960

A Simple Inexpensive Debridement Stand

Author Affiliations

Camden, N.J.
Department of Surgery, The Cooper Hospital.

AMA Arch Surg. 1960;80(2):305. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1960.01290190125022

Debridement and suturing of wounds in the Emergency Department can be materially aided by use of this simple, efficient, and inexpensive debridement pan that can be assembled with little work. Its base is a discarded bedside stand with a tray adjusted for height from 30 in. to 48 in. The tray is cut down to fit the bottom of an ordinary baking pan, 14×10×4 in. (purchased in a department store for $1.49), to become the supporting platform. A 4 in. piece of 3/4 in. copper pipe is soldered into the bottom of the pan for use as a drain and fits through a hole in the base of the tray. For a work surface the top of the pan is fitted with a chrome-plated refrigerator grill shelf (cost $0.49). Under the drain pipe a bucket is suspended from the frame to catch wash water. For greater stability the bucket can

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