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June 12, 1915

Sphygmomanometer Cuff in Intravenous Injections and Hyperemic Treatment

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Washington, Ind.

JAMA. 1915;LXIV(24):2007. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570500055033

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To the Editor:  —In The Journal, Jan. 9, 1915, p. 182, was an abstract of an article on the use of the cuff of the sphygmomanometer to cause a venous stasis, in introducing a needle for intravenous injection. I have used this method for a couple of years, and I believe the main part of its usefulness is the fact that by covering the release valve with a sterile towel, the pressure in intravenous injection can be relieved without breaking aseptic technic or requiring the assistance of a second person.Also I find this apparatus to be very efficient in giving Bier's hyperemic treatment, because a definite venous stasis can be regulated by the definite pressure in the arterial supply, thus eliminating the guesswork which is evident with the old tourniquet method for producing hyperemia.

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