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This Day in Medical History: Patient Bled to Death When Only a 3 x 3 Gauze Was Available

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THIS DAY IN MEDICAL HISTORY, 1917 – Patient Joseph Hails suffered from a wound that was exactly 4 inches by 4 inches.  His injury wasn’t unique, in fact many teenagers were “clubbing” at that time.  Clubbing in the early 1900s was not what it is today as it was a game based on the ‘ol 4 x 4 spiked-head hammer or club.

medical gauzeThis club was used to jump up behind your friend and then club them.  Quite often the victim would be taken to the hospital with mortality being very high.  Supportive care would be implemented because all the hospital had in stock was a 3 inch x 3 inch gauze pad which was useless against a 4 x 4 inch wound.

Patient Hails came up with the great idea to increase the size to 4 x 4 inches to start saving more lives, and the 4 x 4 was born.  When asked, “Why not 5 x 5?” he responded: “Five?  That’s ridiculous.  Four.  Four’s the magic number.  You know, 4 chipmunks twirling on a branch eating sunflowers on my uncle’s ranch.”

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    Dawn Barone

    Barb Cooley… bet you didn’t know this!!

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    Kyle Kelly

    I’m so thankful for all the lives saved since then

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    Kyle Kelly

    I’m so thankful for all the lives saved since then

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    Kyle Kelly

    I’m so thankful for all the lives saved since then

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    Thomas Lowry

    Understand—once I got a ride to the O.R with my hand is a large open abdomen from a ruptured gal balled holding her femoral aorta that had eroded open—what could one due but pinch the sputter and call for help—truly a ride to remember.

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    Lora Ann Cullipher

    The 2x2s are worthless.

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    Brenton Spry

    Brent Hahn

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    Ronda Harper

    Lol.

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    Chris Beltran

    4×4 saves lives

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    Kelly Summers Koch

    I saw lol! That is hilarious!

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    Jamie Kirby Lynch

    Kelly Summers Koch

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    Karen Fisher

    I love these :-P

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    Debbie Rowe

    LMAO! Thank goodness there was a 4×4 gauze to contain the coffee that spewed from my nose!

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    Sarah Hayden Clinton

    Good to know because I use A LOT of these in my career as a dental hygienist.

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    Laura Selkirk

    Blarney Momhuirnín you should add this to your list for today

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    Jill Soroka Gore

    Thanks goodness 4x4s were invented. Now, no one bleeds to death, right??

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    Michael Willert

    Surgery loves our even numbers…lol

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    Melissa Gibbs

    Ha!

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    Mary W. Studious

    Knew it!!

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    Raj Singh

    Lindsay Olson lol

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    Sarah Louise

    Hahaha!!!!!

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