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June 16, 1956


JAMA. 1956;161(7):619. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.62970070002014a

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The standard three-way stopcock is valuable in present-day anesthesia, as it permits administration of fractionating doses of thiopental (Pentothal) sodium, relaxants, and fluids intravenously through a single venipuncture. The principle disadvantage is that there is no stability to the syringe, and the incidence of syringe breakage is quite high. We have been able to replace the screw at the base of the selecting directional faucet with a long screw and a cylindrical washer. This is introduced into a suction rubber stopper that can be applied to any flat surface. The latter keeps the stopcock firmly secure and gives stability to the syringe. We find it both practical and more economical than the various syringe holders found at present on the market.

19th and E streets, S.E. (3) (Dr. S. N. Albert).

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