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A FRAME TO BE USED IN THE TREATMENT OF INFANTS

ARCHIBALD LAIRD, M.D.
Am J Dis Child. 1931;41(6):1307-1308. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1931.01940120044004.
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Under even the best conditions, it is difficult to administer intravenous medication to infants, because of their restlessness. The frame herein described was planned and made in order to speed the work and to ease the administering of treatment.

The frame is made from white pine, 1½ by ½ inches, arranged as shown in figure 1, with interlocking joints. It has a baked enamel finish to facilitate cleaning. The edges are beveled to avoid cutting the skin of the infant. Padding is not used, since it becomes soiled and requires much changing. A strip of gauze bandage is sufficient to tie the infant on the frame. Permanent straps become soiled and are not easily adaptable to infants of various sizes. For intravenous injections into the internal saphenous vein at the ankle, the baby is placed face up on the frame and the foot is everted. The foot is held securely

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