Re: Scultetus Binders]
- I remember making those binders years ago in Britain. I have been
trying to remember where and when,I thought at first it was in High
School for the "Guild of Goodwill" but now I come to think of it , it
was during the war when I belonged to a group working for the Red Cross.
We were given the materials and shown what to do and I remember
"herringbone stitch" the strips on to the big square. We just called
them "many-tailed bandages". Marjorie Ramsay
Donna Coulter wrote:
> Judith et all;http://www.afhs.ab.ca
> Well I'll be jiggered-- I haven't thought of Scultetus
> Binders for years. We used them in the hospital in which I
> trained, Winnipeg General, in the late 40's. They were a
> blessing for giving support.
> The crocheted or knitted ones were probably an alternate
> when they needed to have a bit of 'give'.
> They were alway's used for post operative care for abdominal
> surgery and for new mothers.
> They were an alternative for binding cracked ribs--- back
> when they strapped ribs----.
> I LOVE HISTORICAL TRIVIA.
> Thanks yuh all
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Judith Rempel" <rempel@...>
> To: "dist-gen list" <dist-gen@...>
> Sent: 12 December, 2002 5:15 AM
> Subject: [Fwd: Re: Scultetus Binders]
> > Historical trivia - thought some on the list might be
> interested in this
> > bit of social/medical history.
> > -------- Original Message --------
> > Subject: Re: Scultetus Binders
> > Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2002 22:44:21 -0500 (EST)
> > From: AnnaGieschen@...
> > Reply-To: sthc-l@...
> > To: sthc-l@...
> > 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
> > was
> > a central rectangular piece of fabric (about the length of
> a human from
> > chest
> > 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
> > something
> > 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
> > had
> > 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
> > here.
> > 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
> > DSokolow@... writes:
> > << 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
> > she and
> > 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
> > is ca.
> > World War II)?
> > Thanks in advance,
> > DS
> > ______________________________________
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> > David Taylor Archives
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> > mailto:dsokolow@...
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> > and
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