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August 1974

The Air Splint

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Spokane, Wash

Arch Surg. 1974;109(2):334. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01360020194040

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To the Editor.—Dr Melvin Sher's application of an air splint to the amputated extremity (Arch Surg 108:746, 1974) brings back memories of when I struggled with this modality of treatment. With reference to Dr. Clippinger's "Editorial Comment" on determining the optimum range of pressure, I would like to mention a brief preliminary report on a controlled pressure plastic dressing by Lehmann and Hay (Surgery 35:400, 1954). From research with animals (Am J Physiol 158:113, 1949), it seems that pressure above 30 mm Hg is noxious; however, the lower levels of pressure are usually adequate. This concept is also important in the use of the pneumatic pressure splint for immobilization of fractures.

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