Dressing of Wounds.
THE greatest danger to wounds results from contamination with foreign substances. Certain invisible irritating matters (so called disease germs) quickly find lodgment in the wound by transference from the air, the clothing, skin, in fact, from anything that may come in contact with it. In consequence of such contamination blood poisoning, gangrene, inflammation, fever, erysipelas, lockjaw or tetanus and a train of other complications are liable to follow any wound. Even scratches and pricks, when not properly cared for, may result in inflammation and the formation of gatherings or abscesses, which will disable a person for a considerable time or cause the loss of a limb, or may even cost his life. For this reason the modern practice of surgery demands that the dressings to be applied to a wound should not only look clean, but actually be clean surgically and free from infection. In the eyes of a skilled surgeon a piece of spotless linen my be actually a filthy rag.
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