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The ‘pole and tent’ pressure dressing
  1. Andrej Salibi1,
  2. Anthony Barabas2
  1. 1The Pulvertaft Hand Surgery Centre, Royal Derby Hospital, Derby, UK
  2. 2Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust, Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to Andrej Salibi, The Pulvertaft Hand Surgery Centre, Royal Derby Hospital, KTC Level 2, Uttoxeter New Road, Derby DE22 3NE, UK; asalibi{at}nhs.net

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Dear Sir,

Pressure from circumferential compression bandages to control arterial or venous haemorrhage following trauma to the upper extremity frequently results in venous congestion or even ischaemia to the limb beyond the bandage. We describe a simple and reliable method of pressure dressing that eliminates the risk of venous congestion or ischaemia.

A standard non-adherent dressing is first applied to the wound. …

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