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May 22, 1926


Author Affiliations

San Francisco.
From the Department of Surgery, University of California Medical School.

JAMA. 1926;86(21):1612. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.26720470001006

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Aseptic technic in the dressing of wounds is of prime importance, and is often poorly executed. For use in a surgical clinic, office or where sterile instruments and dressings are kept in bulk, the use of an "individual service sterile towel" is an excellent method. The employment of the usual linen towel is expensive, and demands considerable laundry work and renewal from the constant washing. The ordinary paper towels of rather coarse fiber are excellent and inexpensive substitutes. They can be separated from one another and stacked with one corner of the closed side folded, so as to form an easy method for extraction later. The towels are then put in a hospital towel envelop and sterilized under steam pressure. When they are needed, one end of the envelop is unpinned and opened, as shown in the illustration. Each sterile towel may then be withdrawn, opened, and the sterile dressings

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