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The Ioban Drape: A Simple Method to Improve Finger Surgery Safety and Efficiency

Verma, Maneesh K. MD*; Bradley, Jeff MD; Jebson, Peter J.L. MD‡,§

Techniques in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery: December 2012 - Volume 16 - Issue 4 - p 202–203
doi: 10.1097/BTH.0b013e3182688b77

Surgery involving the fingers can be technically challenging especially when utilizing fluoroscopic imaging. The surgical field is often obscured by the remaining fingers and attempts to position the hand may expose the surgeon and assistants to additional radiation exposure. This paper describes a simple and effective technique to remove the uninvolved fingers from the surgical field allowing for a more efficient operative procedure with less radiation exposure.

*Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Division of Hand Surgery, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

§Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners, Grand Rapids, MI

Conflicts of Interest: The authors report no conflicts of interest.

Source of Funding: No funding was received for this work by any of the authors from any of the following organizations: National Institutes of Health (NIH), Wellcome Trust, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), and other(s).

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Peter J.L. Jebson, MD, 1000 E Paris Ave SE, Suite 115, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. E-mail:

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.