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March 1961

A Spray Surgical Dressing

Arch Dermatol. 1961;83(3):503. doi:10.1001/archderm.1961.01580090153019

Rezifilm,* a sterile spray of methacrylate resin in ethyl acetate, containing tetramethylthiuram disulfide (TMTD), and using dichlorodifluoromethane and trichloromonofluoromethane as propellants, was employed as a postoperative dressing following dermatologic surgical procedures on ambulatory office patients.

Unsutured Sites.—  Rezifilm was employed as a postoperative dressing on 216 unsutured surgical sites of basal-cell and prickle-cell epitheliomata, senile and seborrheic keratoses, soft fibromata, and nevi of various types. Following the removal of the lesion by excision, curettage, or electrosurgery, bleeding was controlled by chemical coagulants or electrocoagulation. Rezifilm was then sprayed in such a manner as to produce a uniform visible film over the wound and adjacent skin. No other surgical dressing was applied in most instances. Occasionally, a gauze and adhesive tape dressing was used for cosmetic reasons.Rezifilm did not produce any discomfort during the period of application. It dried quickly to form a soft, pliable, and visible but transparent film.

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