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PARAFFIN PAPER AS A SURGICAL DRESSING

CHARLES M. HARPSTER, Ph.G., M.D.
JAMA. 1918;70(23):1763. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600230033011.
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On account of the small supply and high cost of gauze, paraffin tissue paper will be found an excellent dressing for burns or any other condition in which a nonadherent dressing is desirable. It is far superior to the paraffin dressing of burns by the spray method, is much more easily and rapidly applied, results in more rapid healing of the burned surface, and is more easily removed.

In the first stage of burns, when there is great pain, the various ointments now in use can be applied directly to the paraffin paper and this applied to the burned area after all vesicles have been opened. It has the advantage of excluding the air, which relieves the pain of the burns, and it is readily removed at the time of redressing, leaving the developing granulations unaltered.

The first dressing, of pure petrolatum on paraffin paper, is applied directly to the

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