Re: [Fwd: Re: Scultetus Binders]
- From RoseMarie McLean:
When I entered nursing training (as it was called and now is politically
incorrect) in 1955 at the Winnipeg General Hospital, the Scultetus
Binder was an important item on both surgical and obstetrical wards.
Used for abdominal surgeries and post cesearean sections there was a
need to balance the tightness for the level of support and comfort in
its application. This binder was usually assessed and re-applied every
four hours (10-2-6-10 during the day) and prior to getting the patient
out of bed. The frequent assessment was to determine bleeding level,
dressing change and healing. Getting out of bed post-surgically was many
more days after surgery than today, which is usually calculated in
minutes and/or hours and it was felt that support was needed.
I recall the binder being well sewn to eliminate stretch and made of a
flannel type material for softness and comfort. Not quite the same but
applied to a newborn was the belly binder. A four inch peice of cloth
that was wound around the newborn's abdomen to cover and support the cut
umbilicus. I think it was thought that it would prevent a hernia. Plain
binders about 15 inches wide were usd on new mothers to either give
support to support the milk-producing breasts or put on quite tight to
help suppress milk production.
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- Historical trivia - thought some on the list might be interested in this
bit of social/medical history.
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Subject: Re: Scultetus Binders
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2002 22:44:21 -0500 (EST)
This was one of the first things I learned in my first job as a nursing
assistant in a small town in 1967, and haven't heard of for years! There
a central rectangular piece of fabric (about the length of a human from
to hips) with strips coming off each each side. (strips about 2 inches wide
and maybe 2 feet long). They would have to have been sewn from firmly woven
fabric to be functional, I think. I think most crocheting or knitting would
have too much stretch, but they would be easy to sew from muslin or
like that. When we first had someone sit up after an abdominal surgery, we
first slipped the fabric under them while they were lying down on their
backs, and then, alternating strips from each side, crossed and tucked them
snugly across their abdomen to support their incision so they could move
without hurting so much. I was told that the name referred to "many tails",
the many strips of cloth that comprised the binder. There was a definite
knack to be learned to do the crossing and tucking part to get it just snug
enough to support but not compress the incision, and have it stay in place
while the patient was helped into a chair. Elastic ones with zippers were
beginning to replace them by the time I got good at it, but I think they
probably been used from time immemorial. If you'd like to know more, I can
ask the retired nursing alumni who run the medical museum at the hospital
Anna Gieschen MALS AHIP - Reference Services
Wegner Health Sciences Information Center - Sioux Falls, South Dakota
In a message dated 12/10/02 3:16:54 PM Central Standard Time,
<< Pardon the cross-posts, and the ignorance.
Can anyone explain to me fairly simply, what a Scultetus Binder is? I'm
getting the impression it's a sort of girdle thingy.
It came up in an oral history I did, and the subject suggested that
others in the Auxiliary actually made these for the Hospital via knitting,
crocheting or some related skill. I can't quite make out the word on the
tape, but this seems to be the most likely reading.
Are those the sorts of things regular folks could have produced (this
World War II)?
Thanks in advance,
Daniel Sokolow, Archives Coordinator
David Taylor Archives
North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System
155 Community Drive
Great Neck, NY 11021
Judith Rempel, Webster
Alberta Family Histories Society
Canadian Genealogical Projects Register