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February 1961

Use of a Plastic Film as a Dressing for Wounds

Arch Surg. 1961;82(2):326-328. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1961.01300080154016

Significant interest in the use of plastic films as dressings for wounds has been manifest during recent years.1-9 The films can cover a wide variety of wounds, are not toxic, and are easy to use.

These plastic dressings for wounds usually consist of suitable ingredients dissolved in an organic solvent to form a solution which is capable of creating a plastic film following the evaporation of the solvent. The plastic substances used in such preparations frequently belong to the classes of compounds known as vinyls, acrylates, and cellulosics. In some instances these materials are combined with softening agents or plasticizers which will make the films soft and pliable and will allow them to conform readily to the surfaces and contours of the body. Any plastic film used as a dressing for a wound should possess a combination of physical properties which insures its satisfactory adhesion to the skin, good