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February 17, 1923


JAMA. 1923;80(7):471. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.26430340003011c

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I have found the folded towel shoulder-cap here described useful to retain dressings on wounds of the shoulder, the axillary region and the groin. It has been used successfully as a shoulder-cap in combination with a swathe following operations on the breast, especially to complete the dressing of the operation wound following amputation of the breast and dissection of the axilla.

A sterile towel measuring 18 by 36 inches is folded along the line A C. The folded towel is then placed over the shoulder so that the corner B falls back of the arm, and D, in front. A is tucked under the swathe posteriorly, and C, anteriorly. Safety pins are employed for fastening along the line of union of the shoulder-cap and the swathe. Corners B and D are then overlapped under the arm and pinned, finishing the dressing.

A towel so folded has also been found useful

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