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June 1, 1935

A WATERPROOF LAPAROTOMY PAD OF GAUZE AND CELLOPHANE

JAMA. 1935;104(22):1990. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.92760220003012a

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Abstract

A cellophane pad that I devised has now been employed for more than two years. A description of it together with the illustration is presumed with the possibility that it may prove useful to others.

It consists of a pad measuring 14 by 16 inches, in the center of which is a layer of cellophane, on each side of which are two, three or four thicknesses of gauze either with selvage edges or with the edges turned in. A layer of stitching an inch or two from the edge of the gauze is carried around the entire pad, thus fixing the cellophane in place.

The advantages of this pad are particularly that it is waterproof so that it can be used to drape over wound edges during gastric and colon resections, thus protecting them from contamination. It can be sterilized in the autoclave with no ill effects and has the

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