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April 13, 1963

Treatment of Stasis Ulcers

JAMA. 1963;184(2):161. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700150115028

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To the Editor:  —(1) In regard to the use of local antibiotics, I perhaps should have been a little more specific. I use only bacitracin and occasionally neomycin. Neither of these agents can be used parenterally, so there is no danger of sensitivity to a parenterally administered antibiotic which may be needed in the future. I would not quarrel too much with the use of ordinary vaseline. I have done this for years, but I have found that the two antibiotics mentioned above add a little in management.(2) There is an occasional patient who must be put to bed and who requires elevation of the leg above the level of the heart, as has been suggested. In my office practice, it is necessary to put a patient at bed rest in only one in 20 times or less. I find that if the bandage is applied properly, with plenty

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