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Oct. 4, 1932. J. J. ETTlNGE 1,880,945
SURGICAL SPLINT Filed May 31, 1950 INVENTOR.
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Jon J. ETTINGER, or wAasAw, INDIANA, Assr'eNon 'To ZIMME'R mA'NuriAcrunrNe COMPANY, or WARSAW, INDIA A, A CORPORATION SURGICAL SPLIN'I.
Application filed May 31, 1930. Serial No. 458,031.
The invention relates to surgical splints and particularly to splints for use in the reduction of fractured legs.
In the reduction of fractured legs it is at times necessary to apply pressure to the leg to retain alinement of the sections of the fractured bone and the object of the invention is to provide a novel splint by which any desired pressure may be applied to any part of the leg.
The invention consists of a leg engaging member that is pivotally mounted on a rotatably and adjustablv mounted pivot.
The invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawing in which Figure 1 is a plan view of the pressure splint attached to a leg splint; Fig. 2 an enlarged side elevation of the pressure splint and Fig. 3 a plan view of the pressure splint, the supporting frame being omitted.
Referring to the illustrative embodiment of the invention, lrrepresents any of the usual leg splints having the spaced side members 2 which are adapted to receive the human leg between them with the ring 3 encircling the thigh. I
The pressure splint comprises a frame 4 and a padded leg engaging member 8 that is adjustably and pivotally carried by the frame. The frame 4 is preferably archshaped with the opposite ends thereof bent laterally, inwardly and upwardly, the extremities of the upstanding portions being secured to the attaching members 5 respectively. Each member 5 is formed with a slot 6 adapted to receive either side member 2 of the leg splint and a thumb set screw 7 carried by the member when tightened abuts the said side member and secures said parts together.
The leg engaging member 8 consists of a longitudinally curved plate 9 to the concaved face of which is secured a pad 10. A hollow boss 11 is formed in the center of the opposite or convex side of the plate 9 and one end of an angular arm 12 is pivoted in said boss. The opposite end of thearm is secured to a collar 18 that is revolubl mounted on a threaded bolt 14 and held thereon by a set screw 15 the inner end of which screw extends into an annular groove 16 formed in the bolt. The arm 12 is somewhat L-shaped so that the plate is eccentric to the bolt 14 and may be swung to any point in 860 about the bolt when the set screw 15 has been loosened; Since the plate is pivoted to the arm it may be rotated thereon to the proper position for engagement with the leg. The bolt 14 is threaded in a block 17 having a slot 18 therein at one side of the bolt to receive the frame or arch 4. A set screw 19 is carried by the block in such manner that when tightened it firmly holds the frame in the block and at the inner end of the slot 18. A knob 20 is threaded on the bolt 14 and is held against rotation thereon by the lock nut 21 The knob may be secured to the bolt in any suitable manner. The block 17 may be secured to the frame 4 at any point and the padded plate adjusted to the desired point on the leg. By rotating the bolt 14 in proper direction the plate is pressed on the leg with such pressure as may be required.
If two pressur plates are necessary to accomplish alinement of the bone sections they may be mounted on the same frame or arch or upon separate frames according to the nature of the fracture.
It will be noted that the arcuate portion 0 the frame 4 is longer than the distance between the two securing members 5 so that the ends of said portion project outside the side members 2 of the leg splint 1, thereby pere mitting of the adjustment of the plate far down on the side of the leg.
What I claim is: 1. A surgical splint comprising anarcuate frame having its opposite ends turned latere ally, inwardly and upwardly, attachment members at the upper ends of the upstanding portions of the frame respectively and a pressure producing member adjustably mounted on the frame, the mounting being adjustable to any point of the frame including points thereon below the attachment members. 1
2. A surgical splint comprising an arcuate 7 frame having its opposite ends turned: in-
' wardly and upwardly, attaching members at the extremities of the upstanding portions of the frame respectively, a member attachable to the-frame .atany point thereof, a-screwreV olubly carried by the member and a pad carrying-plate loosely mounted on the screw.
In witnessiwhereof .I have hereunto sub- 15 scribedm'y name. p i a 1 'J OE 'J .ETTINGER.