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June 1966

A Continuous Drip Compress

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia.

Arch Dermatol. 1966;93(6):737-738. doi:10.1001/archderm.1966.01600240103021

A variation of the wet-dressing technique is described which provides for a continuous, nondrying compress. The desired solution is placed in an I. V. bottle, and this is hung together with the I. V. tubing from an I. V. pole. A gauze dressing is applied to the area to be compressed, and the distal end of the tubing is taped to this dressing. Either a basin or rubber sheeting can be set up to drain the overflow. The primary advantages of this technique are: (a) the greatly reduced demands on the nursing group and (b) constancy of concentration of compress material.

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