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June 21, 1965

Inflatable Splint for Ski Injuries

Author Affiliations

From the Sun Valley Medical Department and the Sun Valley Village Hospital, Sun Valley, Idaho.

JAMA. 1965;192(12):1094-1096. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080250072021

DURING the past three winters, the Sun Valley Medical Department has tested modifications of an inflatable splint for the handling of skiing casualties. An average of 800 ski injuries are treated each winter at the Sun Valley Village Hospital. Of these accident victims, somewhat more than 100 are transported by the Sun Valley Ski Patrol. The majority of these require the application of a splinting device.

The ideal splint for skiing injuries should have the following properties: It should, obviously and foremost, provide adequate support to the injured part; it should be simple to apply, even by untrained personnel, and it should be comfortable. The splint should be mechanically uncomplicated, reliable, durable, and reusable; it should be universal, ie, applicable to any size extremity. It must function properly in extremes of temperature and altitude; and it should be radiolucent so that it need not be removed while the injured part