Long leg posterior splint

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Background

Indications

  • Temporary immobilization for knee injuries requiring rapid intervention, in the absence of commercial knee immobilizers.
  • Angulated fractures
  • Pediatric femoral shaft fractures

Procedure

Long leg posterior splint
  • Assess distal pulse, motor, and sensation
  • Apply padding and splint material (e.g. Ortho-glass) as shown
    • Knee should be kept at 5 degrees flexion, foot in slight plantarflexion
  • Maintain position until splint hardens and secure splint to leg (e.g. ace wraps)
  • Reassess distal pulse, motor, and sensation

See Also

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