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August 5, 1944


JAMA. 1944;125(14):966-968. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.72850320001008

This piece of fracture equipment is designed to employ the use of air properly encased between two layers of supporting material. It is an inflation unit for emergency care of fractured lower extremities. The two layers are cut to selected measurements and sealed at the edges. The air intake is through a valve located at either the upper or the lower portion (figs. 1 and 2). The latter location is preferable. Hooks are attached to the anterior coaptation edges and evenly spaced. The unit is folded around the affected part and laced with leather lacing material in the same fashion as a boot. Inflation follows, either by mouth blowing or by the use of a pump. The fractured extremity is held in manual traction by an assistant during application and inflation, being released when the desired amount of air has been introduced. This is minimal and is approximately 8 to

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