Vacuum splint

Background

  • Temporary splint device used primarily in prehospital setting.

Indications

  • Suspected extremity fracture

Contraindications

Procedure

Application

  • Assess distal pulse, motor function, and sensation in affected extremity.
  • Hold splint in place around extremity in position of comfort.
    • Ensure that the side with intake valve is facing away from skin.
  • Apply suction device and remove air.
  • Seal intake valve and remove suction device.
  • Secure splint in place with attached straps.
  • Reassess distal pulse, motor function, and sensation.

Removal

  • Open intake valve
  • Disconnect straps
  • Note: DO NOT cut splint itself (will release contents - polystyrene beads)

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