The art of immobilizing injured extremities with splints has changed very little over the last 2,000 years.

Orthopedic and emergency room physicians still rely on wetting plaster and molding it in a unique way to immobilize an injured extremity.

When a patient sustains a fracture or dislocation of an extremity, the physician commonly uses a splint as either temporary or definitive treatment for the injury.

There are numerous joints and extremities that can benefit from splinting.

Similarly, there are many techniques for immobilizing these patients. Finding a comprehensive resource for splinting techniques has always been a challenge.

The eSplint app is designed by Charles Perkins, an emergency department nurse, to help any health care practitioner requiring a greater understanding of splint techniques. The app currently covers 11 splints involving the upper and lower body.

Although not a comprehensive list of splints, the app does cover these 11 techniques in an easy to follow step-by-step manner that is enhanced with video features.

User Interface

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The app opens with a list of splinting techniques. The user interface is relatively simple and easy to use. The user can click on any splint technique they would like to learn or review.

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After selecting a splint, the app opens with a uniform format for each splint. The app explains Indications, Splinting Material, Application Process, and Patient Education. Most steps have associated images to highlight the information.

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At the end of each technique is a video demonstrating the splinting technique. This is a great feature for visual learners.

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The app does a nice overview of the listed splints, but it does not explain multiple ways to perform the same splint. The short leg splint is applied in the prone position in the app. The splint can also be applied supine or sitting. Similarly, there are multiple ways to apply a thumb spica splint but only one is listed in the app. There are also different ways of padding and over-wrapping a splint which are not covered in the app.

Price

  • $0.99

Likes

  • Simple design and user interface
  • Provides a general overview for key concepts involved in basic splints
  • Great use of multimedia
  • Provides nice overview of splinting concepts

Dislikes

  • Limited number of splints
  • No links to further content
  • No alternative splinting techniques listed

Healthcare workers that would benefit from the app

  • This app is well suited for healthcare workers just learning to apply splints or requiring a basic understanding of splinting techniques.

Conclusion

  • This is a basic app with a simple design and interface. The content is very good and makes excellent use of multimedia, but the content is limited as a comprehensive splinting reference. The app would be a useful purchase for anyone just beginning to learn the art of splinting.

Type of device used to review app: iPhone 5
Version of App: 1.0

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Rating: (1 to 5 stars): 4/5

  1. User Interface: 4/5 – Simple and easy to navigate app design.
  2. Multimedia usage: 4/5 – The app makes great use of  multimedia features.
  3. Price: 4/5 – The price is fair for the amount of content in the app.
  4. Real world applicability: 3/5 – The application can serve as a nice reference with a uniform format.

Disclaimer:
This post does not establish, nor is it intended to establish, a patient physician relationship with anyone. It does not substitute for professional advice, and does not substitute for an in-person evaluation with your health care provider. It does not provide the definitive statement on the subject addressed. Before using these apps please consult with your own physician or health care provider as to the app’s validity and accuracy as this post is not intended to affirm the validity or accuracy of the apps in question. The app(s) mentioned in this post should not be used without discussing the app first with your health care provider.