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October 26, 1957


JAMA. 1957;165(8):946-947. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.72980260001007

In operating rooms, emergency rooms, outpatient departments, and doctors' offices, there is often need for a finger splint. Ideally, a finger splint should be simple, readily available, and malleable and should possess sufficient strength to immobilize the affected part. The encircling metallic bail bands found on bottles of many brands of commercial intravenous fluid can be shaped easily and quickly into satisfactory finger splints that will satisfy these demands.

Since these splints can be made so easily and quickly and since the material is so abundant, it is usually quicker to make a new splint at each dressing than to salvage the original.

The metal bands are about 0.5 in. wide and 12 to 13 in. long. They have a large perforation at one end and are tapered at the other end. Two convexities are present, each with a small perforation to accommodate the supporting wire loop. To fashion a

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