US 3039460 A
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June 19, 1962 J. P. CHANDLER 3,039,460
FINGER SPLINT Filed May 29, 1959 INVENTOR.
JOHN F? CHAN DLER BY WWW ATTORNEYS Patented June 19, 1962 free outer layer 36. The arcuate cut 20 in the outer layer is along one side of the elliptical area 24 from one end John P. Chandler, 121 Lincoln St., Worcester, Mass. thereof to the other To prepilre the splin for me Filed May 29, 1959, 816,781 area 24 of the outer layer 36 is pulled toward the edge 3 Claims (CL 12 until the sides 20, 22 of the aperture through the inner layer 34 substantially coincide whereupon the entire area 24 overlaps an area 26 of equal size and shape on the easy and economical to make, can be compactly packother side of the cut 20. The sticky face of the area 24 aged, and which is adapted to support the finger in a is then pressed against the area 26 to hold the splint in somewhat bent position which is preferable to being the warped condition caused by drawing the area 24 over straight. upon the area 26. The splint can then be applied to a It is an object of the invention to provide a simple splint finger as indicated in FIGURE 1, and the straps are then structure which is flat when packaged for sale but can wrapped around the finger to hold the splint firmly in easily be prepared for use in the form of a curved place. trough adapted to receive and support a finger. A modified form of the invention is illustrated in For a more complete understanding of the invention, FIGURE 5. The longitudinally arched trough 40' is reference may be had to the following description thereof made by securing together along their concave edges two and to the drawing, of which pieces 42 and 44 of sheet material each of which is FIGURE 1 is an elevational view of a finger to which elongated with concentric arcuate side edges one of which has been applied a splint embodying the invention; is concave, the other being convex. Stiifening wires 46 FIGURE 2 is a section, on a larger scale, of the splint and 48 extend along the convex edges of these pieces. shown in FIGURE 1; Any convenient number of straps 50 may be attached FIGURE 3 is a view of the outer face of a splint in to one or both convex edges of the splint to project outthe flat condition before being adjusted to receive a ward therefrom and be wrapped about a finger to which finger; the splint is applied. When in flat form for packaging,
FIGURE 4 is a perspective view of a splint after it has the pieces 42 and 44 lie flat on each other. been adjusted to receive a finger, and I l im;
FIGURE 5 is a perspective view of a modified form of 1, A finger splint comprising a body consisting of two P layers of flexible fabric adhesively joined together face A Partially completed Splint in flat condition for P to face, said layers having a contour with convex side g and pp is Shown in FIGURE This edges, flexible stiffening elements along the side edges of prises a y 10 having a contour With Convex Side edges said body, one of said layers having a central semi-ellip- 12 and 14. Flexible stiffening elements 16 and 18 such i l cut h h h f i a flap hi h i adhesively as Wires eXtend along respective Side edges- The joined to the adjoining area of said layer on the other y 10 has a Central, longitudinally extending, arcllate side of said cut, and adhesive straps extending outward cut 20 therethrough which with a similar are 22 symfrom a Side edge f Said body metrical thereto defines an area 24 which is approxi- 2. An article to be made into a finger li mate ly ellipt cal. On the lnner face of the area 24 is a prising a piece of flexible fabric having convex side edges, coatmg of smtable l l preferably bl'lt.not,necessar fly flexible stiffening elements along said side edges, a narrow i j i g For g m g 40 elliptical area of adhesive coating centrally located on zg 22 21 58 i i g f g g 5:22 x 3 said piece of fabric, the fabric being cut through along y r y r p one side of said elliptical area from one end to the other consisting for exam le of a small iece of paper, sheet resin or the like g a glazed Suffice when the splint thereof, and a plurahty of adhesive straps pro ectlng outward from a side edge of said piece of fabric.
is to be com leted and ut to use, the cover piece is p p 3. An article to be made into a finger splint, comstripped off to expose the adhesive area 24, then this prising a fiat body with convex side edges made of two area is pulled past the cut 20 to overlap the outer area 26 adjacent to the cut and is pressed into adhesive contact layers of flexible sheet material with tacky adhesive surfaces in mutual contact, flexible stiffening elements with the area 26. This distorts the body 10 causing the median line of the body to be concave outward so as to along id id edges f id bod one f id layers receive a finger 30 Which is Somewhat bent at the first having a central elliptical aperture exposing an adhesive joint as indicated in FIGURE 1. The margins of the area of the layer, Said other layer having a cut h body 10 turn up to engage the sides of the fing and are through along one side of said elliptical aperture from ltleld m g y g fi g g g g i i one end to the other thereof, and a plurality of adhesive ooneoro sieegeso eoy an aveaacy surface. The Straps adhere to the finger when Wrapped straps pro ectlng outward from a side edge of said body. around it and hold the splint in place.
The splint body 10 may be a single layer of a flexible fabric or may conveniently have two or more layers.
3,ll39,460 FINGER SPLINT The invention relates to a splint for a finger which is References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS For example, the body 10 may be made by bringing to- 1,510,408 Lychou Sept. 30, 1924 gether the tacky faces of two pieces 34 and 36 of Sur- 2,033,609 Budin Mar. 10, 1936 geons tape, a woven fabric having a coating of rubber- 2,165,668 Vaccaro July 11, 1939 resin, pressure-sensitive adhesive on one face. The pieces are similarly shaped with convex side edges as indicated in FIGURE 3, and are of the proper size for the intended 5 use. Embedded in the side margins are wires 16 and 18. A central aperture of approximately elliptical shape is cut in the inner layer 34 exposing the adhesive area 24 of the OTHER REFERENCES V. Mueller and Co.: Apparatus for the Treatment of Fractures (catalogue), received in Patent Oflice Dec. 20, 1934, 4 pages, last page relied on. (Available in Division 55.)