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Silicone Spray to Waterproof Adhesive Taping

Frederic W. Ilfeld, MD; Stephen M. Field, MD
JAMA. 1967;201(3):208-209. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130030078028.
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To the Editor:—  Silicone aerosol spray, by waterproofing the adhesive tape applied over joints and surgical dressings, permits immediate bathing and showering. For about one year, to protect orthopedic adhesive taping, we have used a commercial silicone spray preparation which contains the maximum amount of silicone permitted by the FDA. In addition to waterproofing the tape, silicone forms a gliding surface and thus eliminates "runs" in ladies' nylon stockings. The spray is odorless, colorless, nonstaining, noninflammatory, waxless, heat stable, and unaffected by temperatures from —40 to 400 F.Silicone is an innocuous, inert substance, and medically useful in many ways. For example, Hughes and Wigley1 advocate silicone spray in the prevention and treatment of decubitus skin disorders in domiciliary nursing. Waite2 uses a silicone spray to disperse and prevent foaming in thoracotomy draining jars. Blum3 uses permanent silasticmaterial prosthesis for urinary incontinence, and Brown et al4

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