After a hare-lip operation the two things desired are prevention of tension on the sutures and continuous cleanliness of the wound, both of which conduce to primary union with the minimum of scar tissue and, therefore, the best cosmetic result.
Most of the dressings published have the disadvantage that the devices for relieving tension lie directly across the wound and not only cause undesirable pressure on it, but also interfere with its proper and frequent cleansing. Moreover, if the tension device is removed for a dressing, its support is lost just at the time when the child is sure to cry and struggle hardest.
The dressing described below is very simple and obviates all the disadvantages mentioned. I first used it on a patient at the Vanderbilt Clinic in 1901, and, so far as I know, it was an original idea.
The dressing consists of two narrow strips of adhesive