What is the purpose of a traction splint?

A traction splint such as a Hare or Sager splint is used to reduce patient pain, secure the leg in an appropriate position and restore length to the femur (Figure 11-14). Relative contraindications to the use of traction splints include hip dislocation, fracture-dislocation of the knee, and concomitant ankle injury.

What is a Thompson splint?

The modern “Thomas” splint is one of the most common pieces of medical equipment used in hospitals. It is a simple tool used to effectively immobilize limbs and has successfully reduced the morbidity and mortality that was once involved with limb fractures.

Is the Thomas splint still used today?

Jones was the nephew of Hugh Owen Thomas (1834-1891), who came from a family of ‘bone setters’ and who is famous for inventing the Thomas Splint, which is still used today.

How do you measure a traction splint?

The non-injured leg should be used to measure the length of the traction splint. The traction splint should be adjusted to 12 inches longer than the non-injured leg. commercially made traction splint devices.

Who discovered Thomas splint?

Abstract. The Thomas splint is a common piece of equipment in emergency departments and orthopaedic units in hospitals worldwide. Its basic design has changed little since its first description by Hugh Owen Thomas was published in 1875.

Who invented Thomas splint?

Which splint is used for fracture?

Commonly Used Splints and Casts

Area of injury Type of splint
Forearm/wrist Volar/dorsal forearm, single sugar-tong
Elbow/forearm Long arm posterior, double sugar-tong
Knee Posterior knee, off-the-shelf immobilizer
Tibia/fibula Posterior ankle (mid-shaft and distal fractures), bulky Jones