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Dermal Marking

Dermal Marking This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables. Abstract The perfect surgical marking instrument does not yet exist. The felt-tip surgical marking pencils are fine for preliminary surgical plans but the marks are soon lost with surface irrigation. The dermal tattoo is the only mark that remains during the surgical procedures of rubbing and wiping blood and detritus from the wound. This marking is critical in preserving landmarks such as original scars or the vermillion border. Tattooing methylene blue into the dermis with a sharp needle has long been employed as a surgical marker. The blood welling up through the needle puncture wound sometimes deters the surgeon from preserving a clear field for incision. The use of the 2-cm caliper for dermal tattooing enables penetration and deposition of marking fluid into the dermis without the bleeding that accompanies the needle puncture. However, the smooth surface of the caliper point does not lend itself to retaining marking fluid. A simple http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Surgery American Medical Association

Dermal Marking

Abstract

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables. Abstract The perfect surgical marking instrument does not yet exist. The felt-tip surgical marking pencils are fine for preliminary surgical plans but the marks are soon lost with surface irrigation. The dermal tattoo is the only mark that remains during the surgical procedures of rubbing and wiping blood and detritus from the wound. This marking is critical in...
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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1978 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0004-0010
eISSN
1538-3644
DOI
10.1001/archsurg.1978.01370140112029
Publisher site
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Abstract

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables. Abstract The perfect surgical marking instrument does not yet exist. The felt-tip surgical marking pencils are fine for preliminary surgical plans but the marks are soon lost with surface irrigation. The dermal tattoo is the only mark that remains during the surgical procedures of rubbing and wiping blood and detritus from the wound. This marking is critical in preserving landmarks such as original scars or the vermillion border. Tattooing methylene blue into the dermis with a sharp needle has long been employed as a surgical marker. The blood welling up through the needle puncture wound sometimes deters the surgeon from preserving a clear field for incision. The use of the 2-cm caliper for dermal tattooing enables penetration and deposition of marking fluid into the dermis without the bleeding that accompanies the needle puncture. However, the smooth surface of the caliper point does not lend itself to retaining marking fluid. A simple

Journal

Archives of SurgeryAmerican Medical Association

Published: Feb 1, 1978

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