Radial Gutter Splint
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Radial Gutter Splint

This Radial Gutter Splint course will teach you:

  • How to apply a Radial Gutter Splint

Special attention is paid to the following hazards you may encounter during the Radial Gutter Splint:

  • Rotational deviation
  • Wrinkly stockinette
  • Incorrect positioning of wrist and digits
  • Pressure complications
  • Excessive padding
  • Pressure onto superficial branch radial nerve
  • Too wet plaster
  • Splint skin contact
  • Constricting elastic wrap
  • Splint too far proximally
  • Squeezed digits

With the following tips you might perform the Radial Gutter Splint even better:

  • Including thumb in splint
  • Patient specific sizes
  • Digit stockinettes
  • Elbow support
  • Hole for thumb
  • Stockinette length
  • Rolling up stockinette
  • Position padding roll
  • Padding overlap
  • Measuring plaster
  • Water temperature
  • Wetting the plaster
  • Splint without stockinette
  • Fracture control
  • Immobilization methods
  • Hand positioning
  • Sling usage

You might also be interested in:
Ulnar Gutter Splint
Short Forearm Cast
Volar Forearm Splint
Cast and Splint Removal Forearm

Step by step

Preparation

Digit

Examine

Examine the affected digit for rotational deviations, and for altered sensation or impaired perfusion. Examine the adjacent joints for functionality and pain. This examination is used for comparison after splint application and to detect abnormalities which require immediate attention.

Rotational deviation

Care should be taken to rule out rotational deviation of the affected digit before splint application. If there is rotational deviation, reduction should be performed or even surgery if the reduction is not sufficient.

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