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March 1971


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Massachusetts General Hospital Boston

Arch Dermatol. 1971;103(3):344. doi:10.1001/archderm.1971.04000150114029

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To the Editor.—  We have noted with pleasure the report of Baden and Norris Archives of Dermatology (102:440-441, 1970) of the use of tubular plastic as an occlusive dressing which we have found and continue to find the most practical and acceptable means of occlusive therapy. One extremely important and possibly dangerous effect of this plastic should be noted immediately and prominently to the readers of the Archives who I am sure will want to use this wrap. This material, unlike Saran Wrap which melts on exposure to flame, will burn on exposure to flame. We have advised our physicians, nurses, and patients involved in this care to carefully refrain from smoking or handling lighted materials when this dressing is in place. We strongly advise that your reader physicians and their patients using this therapy follow a similar course less embarrassing or even catastrophic events occur.

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