Though there may never be complete unanimity of judgment and opinion regarding the details of the requirements for irrigation and drainage in gynecologic and obstetric operations, there is a growing disposition among us to simplify our practice in these particulars. This has come about through the gradual elimination of the sloppy flushing practice of a few years ago and the abandonment of things like huge glass drains and suction syringes.
A process of evolution by exclusion has simplified the approved practice of today, and in both obstetric and gynecologic operations better results have been obtained with the simpler methods.
The use of solutions of antiseptic drugs, particularly those of the poisonous varieties, is steadily losing favor. The practical antiseptic efficiency of such solutions for irrigation is questionable and the dangers incident to their use are known and recognized. Not only have serious poisonings occurred but deaths from poison have
WETHERILL HG. THE PRESENT STATUS OF IRRIGATION AND DRAINAGE IN OBSTETRIC AND GYNECOLOGIC OPERATIONS. JAMA. 1909;LIII(14):1078–1081. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.92550140004002a
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