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October 21, 1911

THIRTY YEARS' EXPERIENCE WITH FRACTURES AT MINNEQUA HOSPITAL: TREATMENT AND RESULTS

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PUEBLO, COLO.

JAMA. 1911;LVII(17):1351-1353. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260100177006
Abstract

No attempt will be made to cover the field of fractures, but this paper will briefly state how we deal with fractures at the camps, plants, and hospital of the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company which employs from 15,000 to 17,000 men; including their families, about 80,000 individuals are to be cared for medically, a task made none the easier by their speaking forty-seven languages, and by the fact that not a few understand no English.

I n the period above mentioned, 11,035 fractures have been treated by us. Many of our camps are located several hundred miles from the hospital.

A patient is prepared in the following manner for transportation:

SOFT PARTS  Contusion: Application of cold or wet dressings.Slight lacerations: Dry sterile gauze dressings.More extensive lacerations: Meddlesome cleansing avoided. Application of wet mercuric bichlorid, diluted alcohol, normal salt or 2 per cent, solution of iodin.Thecovering of

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