Radial gutter splint

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Background

Indications

  • Phalangeal and metacarpal fracture or and soft tissue injuries of the 2nd and 3rd digits.

Procedure

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  • Assess distal pulse, motor, and sensation
  • Apply padding and splint material (e.g. Ortho-glass) as shown to radial aspect of forearm
    • Wrist should be placed in slight extension (approximately 20°) and MCP should be flexed
  • Maintain position until splint material has hardened and secure splint to arm (e.g. ace wraps)
  • Reassess distal pulse, motor, and sensation

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