- Vacuum splint
A vacuum splint is a device like a small
vacuum mattressthat is used in emergency medicineas a temporary splint. Vacuum splints operate by extracting air from the splint itself to enable the thousands of polystyreneballs inside the splint to mold around the injured body part similar to a orthopedic cast. Vacuum splints are primarily used by paramedicsthe world over to splint trauma-related injuries; joint dislocation; subluxation; and extremity fractures.
Advantages of the vacuum splint include the ability to provide support whilst relieving pressure at the injury site and the ability to
conformto any shape. The limb may also be x-rayedwith the splint in situ.
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