The advantages of the crepe-paper bandage over the sheet-wadding roll are:
1. There is greater possibility for the application of a form-fitting cast, with correct contour of the part, especially after operative procedures have been realized.
2. The completed cast is much less clumsy, is lighter in weight, and permits freer movement of the part.
3. The crepe-paper bandage exerts an even pressure on all sides; therefore there is less danger from swelling, and better control of hemorrhage when an open wound must be considered.
4. The cast is easier to remove. When it is necessary to split the cast, the crepe-paper bandage holds the incorporated parts more firmly.
5. This material allows for swelling; yet, after diminution of the swelling, the windings for padding promptly recoil to the original tension and pressure.
6. Crepe paper is no more expensive than sheet-wadding.
It has been difficult lately to secure the crepe-paper bandage. However, now that its value has been established in the field of orthopaedic surgery, it is believed that arrangements will soon be completed so that it will again be offered on the market. When the crepe-paper bandage becomes available, it is hoped that it will gain merited favor over the sheet-wadding roll.
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