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Boston From the Massachusetts General Hospital. This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables. The so-called aeroplane splint has been found of value in the treatment of certain fractures involving the humerus near the shoulder, such as unimpacted fracture of the anatomic and surgical neck of the humerus, fracture dislocation at the anatomic or surgical neck of the humerus, and fracture of the greater tuberosity of the humerus.
There are various models and variations of the aeroplane splint, but all of them, so far as we know, have the same, and a serious objectionable feature; that is, difficulty in adjusting, and a more marked difficulty in maintaining adjustment. To overcome this objection on an otherwise excellent piece of useful apparatus, we developed the splint here described. It has been used in the successful treatment of several patients who had fractures that were susceptible of being held by it, but could not be maintained in proper reduction with other types of aeroplane splint with which.
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The High-Density Foam Aeroplane Splint: A Modified Approach to the Treatment of Axilla Burns
The aeroplane splint is a well known method for maintaining abduction at the axilla. It is often used as an adjunct to achieve graft immobilisation following axillary contracture release or hidradenitis surgery. The splint is designed in three parts, using plaster of Paris. Next, a costal section is contoured around the lateral chest wall Fig 2B. Finally, an approximately 30cm long Zimmer splint Fig 3A is fashioned into a supportive strut Fig 3B.
IMPROVED AEROPLANE SPLINT FOR TREATMENT OF CERTAIN FRACTURES
Axillary burns and contractures are physically debilitating. Early splinting and patient compliance is crucial to maximise functional outcomes. Traditional treatment of axillary contractures involves fabrication of thermoplastic aeroplane splints. However, thermoplastic splints can be time consuming to fabricate, heavy, uncomfortable and difficult to don by patients and family. Due to these problems a modified high-density foam HDF aeroplane splint was designed. The purpose of designing a different type of aeroplane splint was to increase compliance, comfort and ease of use for health professionals, patients and family, and to decrease fabrication time.
Adjustable aesthetic aeroplane splint for axillary burn contractures.