Administer and Supply Splints and
Orthopedic arm, leg and foot injuries ranging from sprains to fractures are very common. Immobilizing and stabilizing the affected area is imperative for it to heal properly, this, however, implies the patient may require splints or braces or even crutches to move around.
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What are External Orthopedic
Devices and Crutches?
External orthopedic devices are used to prevent or treat injuries in the musculoskeletal system and are commonly used to treat sprains and fractures in different parts of the body. Once the emergency room trauma physicians determine the type of injury they will prescribe a suitable external orthopedic device or crutches.
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Splints and crutches are used to completely or partially immobilize the injured limb during the healing process; they are easily removed which provides comfort and convenience. The most common types of external orthopedic devices are:
- Splints: These are devices used to either support or immobilize a limb. There are many types of splints designed for specific body parts, such as ankle stirrups, finger splints, posterior elbow splints, leg splints, thumb spica, as well as arm and wrist splints.
- Braces: These devices are designed to provide proper alignment, support, stabilize, and protect bones, muscles, and joints.
- Walking Boots: These devices are prescribed to treat and stabilize severe sprains, fractures, and tendon or ligament tears in the ankle or the foot.
- Arm Slings: This is a bandage used to support an injured arm, its long-term use is not recommended because immobilizing an arm for too long can cause adhesive capsulitis commonly known as frozen shoulder.
- Crutches, on the other hand, are medical devices known as mobility aids, these are used to help patients who have suffered an injury in one of their lower extremities get around while avoiding the use of the injured leg or foot.
What Conditions Require the Use of External Orthopedic Devices and or Crutches?
Musculoskeletal injuries can occur when playing sports, tripping while we walk, or due to trauma like a bad fall or a motor vehicle accident. The emergency room trauma staff will diagnose if the injury is a sprain, or a fracture by running a series of tests which may include x-rays
External orthopedic devices are recommended in the case of:
- Acute ankle sprains
- Acute knee injuries such as torn ligaments or fractures
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Stress fractures in the foot
Crutches are prescribed when the patient cannot bear their full weight on the injured limb during the recovery process. Crutches might be necessary in the case of a fracture or a severe sprain.
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What is the Importance
of Administering and Supplying Splints and Crutches in the ER?
The use of these devices such as splints and crutches help speed the recovery and prevent future injuries to the area, having the emergency room supply these, means you are protected with a well-fitting device from the moment you leave the emergency room.
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