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The application of a comfortable axillary dressing seems always to be fraught with difficulty. Either the dressing is incompetent and fails to cover the field properly, or else it is tightly applied by roller bandage or adhesive and with each motion of the shoulder joint the patient experiences discomfort. Axillary furunculosis and other conditions will always create a need for surgical dressings.
From the patient's standpoint, the most comfortable type of dressing, so far observed, can be made from the "dress shield." Borrowing freely from the dressmaker of bygone years (dress shields are not as common, nowadays, as they used to be), one finds, ready-made, a nearly waterproof contrivance admirably shaped to fit the axilla. All that is necessary is to provide the means for securing it in place. This is readily accomplished by sewing six tapes to the shield: two long tapes (B) three fourths of the distance
Butler EF. A CONVENIENT AXILLARY DRESSING. JAMA. 1927;88(18):1395. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.92680440029013a
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