Finger Splint - Neoprene Splinting Guide

£12.00
Step-by-step finger splint | neoprene splinting guide

Overview

The aims of this guide are to assist you to quickly make a variety of neoprene / finger splints which can be customised and worn immediately by your patients. It is intended to be a practical and accessible guide for familiarise you with the material and the methods used to enable you to make simple (user friendly) and cost effective finger splints. The patterns provided are a selection of some of the regularly used at Wansbeck General Hospital with rheumatology patients. They have been developed in conjunction with patients and can easily be adjusted or adapted to meet individual needs. The guide is an introduction to neoprene splinting and will hopefully motivate you to use the material and develop your own spints.

Problem

The inventor has been making finger splints for 5 years and has made approximately 3000 during that time. The motivation to use neoprene resulted from patient dissatisfaction with ready made splints. Criticisms included poor fit, excessive restriction, difficulties putting the splints on and off and concerns regarding appearance.

During the past 5 years numerous splints have been designed and manufactured. Some splints have been used on a regular basis and have evolved with patient feedback whilst others may only be used on 1 occasion. Patterns have been made of all splints used and patient feedback recorded.

Solution

Solutions to the criticisms of ready made splints have included; Single strap fastening to ensure all patients can put splints on and off with ease Palm area left free (if required) without compromising the integrity of the splints to enable improved function. Variable levels of flexibility improved appearance (association with sports braces).

Neoprene / Finger splints are routinely used to provide support, pain relief, heat benefit, cushioning and reduction of swelling; they can be designed for generic use and to address specific problems.

Technical Features

Neoprene

Neoprene is a synthetic rubber developed in the USA in 1931; it is made of acetylene and hydrogen chloride and is otherwise known as chloroprene. It is familiar for its use in wet suits, sports braces and in industrial applications. A range of fabrics in a variety of colours are laminated to one or both sides to provide comfort and appearance. Neoprene supplied in rolls or sheets and is made in thickness from 1.5mm to 12mm.

Properties

Elasticity - able to stretch in all directions. The degree of stretch will vary accordingly to the thickness of the neoprene and the type of fabric laminated to it. Insulation - It has exceptional heat retaining properties. Neoprene is composed of closed gas filled cells ensuring it is light weight, impervious to water and retains heat ( a small minority of patients are unable to tolerate the heat - a problem which can be overcome.) Hygiene - Able to put in a washing machine on a cool wash and dries within minutes. (double jersey)

Pricing & Availability

£12

Additional Notes

This product has yet to be validated/certified.

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