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May 1974

The Air Splint: An Alternative to the Immediate Postoperative Prosthesis

Arch Surg. 1974;108(5):746-747. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01350290108022

An air splint of the type used for first aid for fracture was applied immediately following below-knee amputation in six patients. Used in place of a rigid plaster dressing for ten days before converting to a shrinker sock and temporary prosthesis, it allowed control of stump edema, adjustment of external pressure on demand, and inspection of the extremity and operative wound on short notice.