The SplintER series is back with its fourth installment! In this series, we review splinting fundamentals, introduce advanced concepts, and highlight ways to implement these into your next shift. In this post, we summarize some of the most commonly deployed splints in the ED. Peer-reviewed by sports medicine experts (Dr. Kori Hudson and Dr. Anna Waterbrook), these injury-splint summary tables provide information on the origin, insertion, and positioning for each splint, along with the recommended number of layers of plaster.
- Review splint techniques associated with injuries commonly managed in the ED.
- Learn some basic tips to help with successful placement of these splints.
|Proximal humerus||Cuff and collar (or sling)|
|Supracondylar||Long arm posterior or double sugar tong|
Wrist and Hand
Tibia, Fibula, Ankle, and Foot
|Expert Peer Review: Kori Hudson, MD|
Understanding proper splinting technique is a critical skill for all emergency Pphysicians. Though many facilities have nurses and patient care technicians who may assist with splint application, the ultimate responsibility for proper splint application lies with the physician.
Tricks of the Trade:
The most important advice: Practice splinting! Make your own splints and check the ones that nurses and technicians make for your patients. If it isn’t right, try making it again. In some cases, a bad splint may be worse than no splint at all!
Thanks to Dr. Anisha Molholtra for the professionally sketched splint images!