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This splint was devised to facilitate the more or less daily adjustments necessary in this kind of apparatus.
In the regular Hodgen's splint, the adjustments of the swathes on which the leg is suspended is accomplished with safety pins.
The improvement consists of a row of pins, placed about three-fourths inch apart, along the edge of and on each side of the entire splint, set at an angle to insure holding the swathes under tension.
Ordinary phonograph needles are used for the pins. The holes are drilled a fraction larger than the needles, and to a depth of about one-fourth inch. The needles are dropped into the holes, and the soft steel is set round them by a sharp edged tool; they are fastened securely. To prevent tearing and scratching of the physicians and attendants, channels are made by a tinsmith, one-half by one-half inch, and as long as practical,
Nauth WW. IMPROVED HODGEN'S WIRE SUSPENSION SPLINT. JAMA. 1924;82(21):1692. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.26520470004013c
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