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April 23, 1927

A METHOD OF OPERATIVE PROTECTION FROM SKIN INFECTION

Author Affiliations

Detroit
From the Orthopedic Division of the Henry Ford Hospital.

JAMA. 1927;88(17):1320-1321. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.92680430021009b

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Abstract

The usual method of protecting the operative dissection from infection from the skin, by the use of skin towels and towel clamps, has practical disadvantages when applied to limb surgery. The skin towels do not surround the limb but only supplement the drapes in protecting the operative site. This covering, with the added incumbrance of the towel clamps, prevents the free manipulation of the member, so frequently required in limb surgery. To overcome this handicap, Dr. C. W. Peabody of the Henry Ford Hospital Clinic and I have developed the method here described.

The limb is painted with a 5 per cent solution of iodine from the fingers or toes to well beyond the next proximal joint from the operative field. Sterile stockinet of suitable width is then rolled on the extremity, so as to cover the limb to the same level. The stockinet should be of such width as to fit

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