One of the most unpleasant features of suprapubic bladder drainage is the constant saturation of the dressings with urine, together with the all-pervading odor, not to mention the present high cost of dressings. The patient's skin becomes excoriated, and he also suffers the discomfort of frequently lying in a puddle if the attendants do not promptly change the saturated pads.
Numerous attempts have been made to remedy this with various ingenious suction devices, the first of which I believe was Dawbarn's. Davis1 uses a vacuum bottle arrangement; Hume, Logan and Kells2 an electric pump with an alarm clock switch; Wallace3 an apparatus invented by Edmund White, resembling the Dawbarn. All of these appliances have faults which I have tried to obviate. Dawbarn's and White's require the bringing of several gallons of water to the pump daily and the removal of an equal amount. Davis' requires an air
Bethune CW. SUCTION DRAINAGE OF SUPRAPUBIC BLADDER WOUNDS: DESCRIPTION OF A NEW PUMP. JAMA. 1918;70(24):1820–1821. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.1918.26010240001007a
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