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July 13, 1940

A CONVENIENT METHOD OF APPLYING WET DRESSINGS

JAMA. 1940;115(2):121-122. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.72810280004009b
Abstract

Various dermatoses affecting the hands and feet require the application of continuous wet dressings. The manner of application and the means of maintaining the moisture of such dressings present a practical problem. Sheets of wet proof material consume time to apply properly, are difficult to keep in place and are necessarily bulky.

These difficulties are overcome by the use of mitts and socks made of pliofilm.1 This material is moisture proof, oil proof, odorless, nonirritating, pliable, thin, durable, tear resistant, sewable, heat sealing, not uncomfortably warm, noninflammable, resistant to weak acid and alkali and inexpensive.

Previously, one of us had employed rubber gloves and socks to maintain wet dressings over night. These were therapeutically effective, though patients objected because of constriction and excess heat.

Mitts and socks made of pliofilm have now been in use over a period of nine months, a total of eighty-seven private patients having been

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