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About Max Hockstein, MD

Chief Resident
Department of Emergency Medicine
Parkland/University of Texas Southwestern
20 11, 2017

SplintER Series: Splint Application Principles 102

2017-11-23T12:56:31+00:00

The SplintER Series is back with its second installment! In the first post, Splint 101, we discussed the indications and relative contraindications to splinting. In this post, we focus on the materials used in splinting and some key steps in splint application.
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18 09, 2017

SplintER: A New Series on Orthopedic Injuries and Splinting

2017-09-25T15:45:45+00:00

splintingThe purpose of the SplintER series is to teach the fundamentals and introduce advanced concepts of splinting to the Emergency Medicine (EM) professional. Humans have been splinting their injuries since 1300 B.C.1 Although the fundamentals have not changed, splint selection and application require some thoughtful consideration. A 2017 prospective, observational study in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics demonstrated that more than 90% of splints applied in the Emergency Department were inappropriate (30% applied by EM attendings), as evaluated by orthopaedic surgeons.2 While that number may not be representative in your institution, it certainly highlights the inadequacies that many of us feel when approaching a splint!

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