Text book of abdominal surgery : a clinical manual for practitioners and students . of thesponges after an operation, it isnot right to depute this duty toa nurse during its performance.The sponges must be countedbefore the operation, and it isadvisable to mark down thenumber, so that there may notbe any doubt when they arecounted before the abdomen isclosed. No sponge must be torn,and under no circumstancesmust one be used which hasfallen on the floor, or come incontact with pus or any fluidwhich may cause irritation.Before they are again used,they must be placed in a solu-tion of carbonate o

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Text book of abdominal surgery : a clinical manual for practitioners and students . of thesponges after an operation, it isnot right to depute this duty toa nurse during its performance.The sponges must be countedbefore the operation, and it isadvisable to mark down thenumber, so that there may notbe any doubt when they arecounted before the abdomen isclosed. No sponge must be torn,and under no circumstancesmust one be used which hasfallen on the floor, or come incontact with pus or any fluidwhich may cause irritation.Before they are again used,they must be placed in a solu-tion of carbonate o Stock Photo
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Text book of abdominal surgery : a clinical manual for practitioners and students . of thesponges after an operation, it isnot right to depute this duty toa nurse during its performance.The sponges must be countedbefore the operation, and it isadvisable to mark down thenumber, so that there may notbe any doubt when they arecounted before the abdomen isclosed. No sponge must be torn,and under no circumstancesmust one be used which hasfallen on the floor, or come incontact with pus or any fluidwhich may cause irritation.Before they are again used,they must be placed in a solu-tion of carbonate o
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Text book of abdominal surgery : a clinical manual for practitioners and students . of thesponges after an operation, it isnot right to depute this duty toa nurse during its performance.The sponges must be countedbefore the operation, and it isadvisable to mark down thenumber, so that there may notbe any doubt when they arecounted before the abdomen isclosed. No sponge must be torn,and under no circumstancesmust one be used which hasfallen on the floor, or come incontact with pus or any fluidwhich may cause irritation.Before they are again used,they must be placed in a solu-tion of carbonate of soda, onehandful to every ten spongesin a gallon of water. Afterremoving most of the bloodin this solution, they are to beput into a second soda solutionof the same strength, and leftthere for several hours, beingstirred up occasionally. At theend of this time they get atremendous washing at the warmwater tap, and are put back into the carbolic acid solution.A good sponge treated in this way will last out many years ofhard work. If it be desired to whiten the sponges, they are. Kg. 6. Blunt-Poixted Scissors. (Full size.) INSTRUMENTS AND APPLIANCES. 4i placed in a weak solution of sulphurous acid (1-5) for somehours, and are well washed in warm water before being placedin the carbolic solution. Half-a-dozen towels wrung out of a 1-1000 solution of per-chloride of mercury.

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