- Splinting material (padded fiberglass or 8-10 layers of plaster)
- Elastic bandaging
- Proximal: Approximately 5 cm distal to the elbow joint
- Distal: At the level of the metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joints
- There are 2 components to the splint: volar and dorsal.
- Use a separate slab of splint material for each.
- Both will run from the base of the fingers to the mid forearm on their respective sides.
- Patient’s elbow flexed at 90° and forearm in neutral (neither pronation or supination).
- Wrist in 15-20° of extension and fingers in a relaxed, slightly flexed positions (can holding position).
- Pad the hand and wrist evenly, paying particular attention to areas of possible friction
- Mold the splinting material to both the volar and dorsal aspects of the forearm and wrist to support the injury.
- Wrap in elastic bandage
- Reassess pulses, motor and sensation.