Analysis of materials for splinting of the thermally injured patient

Linda Roberts, M. Irma Alvarado, Kimberleye McElroy, Randi L. Rutan, Martin C. Robson, David N. Herndon

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Good results have been achieved in the treatment of patients with burns with new splinting materials and proper splinting techniques. This article focuses on the thermoplastic splinting materials Clinic and Spectrum (Northcoast Medical Inc., San Jose, Calif.) and the comparable thermoplastic products Polyform (Smith and Nephew Rolyan, Inc., Menomonee Falls, Wis.) and Orthoplast (Johnson and Johnson Orthopedics, New Brunswick, N.J.). Qualities such as self-bonding, recyclability, and rigidity were tested for these materials. Splint rigidity was measured by a calibrated hook scale and determined by the force per pound needed to bend the material 20 degrees. Spectrum and Clinic products were judged more economical and, we contend, they are therefore better choices for splinting the thermally injured patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)268-269
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • General Nursing
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • General Health Professions


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