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February 28, 1925

A SPLINT FOR ABDUCTION, TRACTION AND SUSPENSION IN FRACTURE OF THE HUMERUS

Author Affiliations

Rochester, Minn.
From the Section on Orthopedic Surgery, Mayo Clinic.

JAMA. 1925;84(9):674-675. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.26620350001011b

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Abstract

It is generally conceded that better results are obtained in fracture of the humerus by adequate traction in bed. The splint shown here is for the purpose of obtaining extension, suspension, outward rotation and traction in cases of fracture of the humerus. It is so made that it can be applied quickly. A long horizontal board (a) is placed transversely between the mattress and the springs. A Buck's extension is applied to the arm; the rope from this extension is run through a pulley (b), and a weight is applied. Another Buck's extension is applied to the forearm in a plane perpendicular to that of the arm, and in such a manner as to allow the patient to grasp a handhold (c), which permits him to move the fingers frequently and at will, and tends to prevent stiffness. A rope running from the handhold (c) over the pulley (d) is

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