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August 24, 1963

A Method for Securing a Drainage Tube

JAMA. 1963;185(8):673-674. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03060080069028

To the Editor:—  The problem of securing a drainage tube is old, and many methods have been developed to prevent the accidental displacement of the tube by the patient or during change of dressing. Whether the tube is used for simple drainage, or as a choledochostomy, cecostomy, etc, is of minor significance.The method to be described is simple, and, in the hands of the author and many of his colleagues, has been quite satisfactory. I first saw it used by Walzel, and there is a brief description of it in his book, Die Technik der Eingriffe Am Gallensystem.1 It is possible that many surgeons are familiar with the method but, so far as I know, it has not been described in the literature except as noted previously.The drainage or -ostomy tube is placed in its desired location and a cuff 1/4 to 1/2 in. long is cut

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