Palm splint, England, 1960-1980

Made:
1960-1980 in England
maker:
Unknown

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Palm splint device for maintaining fingers in an extended position, from the Lord Mayor Treloar Orthopaedic Hospital, Alton, Hampshire, England, 1960-80

Splints are used to prevent bones moving after an accident or because of disease and encourage them to grow correctly. This one was worn on the hand. Made from leather and reinforced with metal, the splint was designed to keep the fingers in an extended position.

It was used at the Lord Mayor Treloar Orthopaedic Hospital in Alton, Hampshire, England, a hospital set up in 1908 to treat children with a range of orthopaedic conditions and physical disabilities. The hospital combined treatment with education and schooling.

Details

Category:
Orthopaedics
Object Number:
2002-336
Materials:
leather and metal
type:
splint
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • dressings
credit:
North Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust