Forearm Splinting

Overview

4.5 out of 5 (4 Reviews)

Credits

1.25

Post Assessment Questions

9

Expiration Date

31 Dec 2025

Last Reviewed

1 Jan 2023

Estimated Time To Finish

75 Minutes


 
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Activity Description

The main goal of forearm splinting is to prevent pronation and supination of the forearm. There are a variety of indications for forearm splinting, including soft tissue strains or sprains, fractures, joint dislocations, tendon lacerations, and compression neuropathy. Forearm splints aim to decrease pain and debility, prevent further injury and facilitate the healing process. In the acute setting, forearm splints are often used for distal radius and/or ulna fractures, radial and/or ulnar shaft fractures, flexor tendon lacerations within the forearm and radial nerve palsies that manifest with wrist drop. In the chronic setting, forearm splinting is commonly used for De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, medial and lateral epicondylitis and any compressive neuropathies affecting the nerves in the forearm. This activity describes the indications, contraindications, and complications of forearm splinting and highlights the role of the interprofessional team in caring for patients requiring forearm splints.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of individuals in nursing.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Identify the technique involved in forearm splinting.
  • Describe the indications for forearm splinting.
  • Review the contraindications to forearm splinting.
  • Explain interprofessional team strategies for enhancing care coordination and communication to improve the utilization of proper technique for forearm splinting.

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Continuing Education Accreditation Information


Credit provided by Continuing Education, Inc, and StatPearls, LLC.

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been jointly planned and implemented by Continuing Education, Inc./University at Sea® and StatPearls, LLC. Continuing Education, Inc, is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

This activity is designated for 1.25 ANCC contact hours.

 

Instructions for Credit

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  3. Study the educational content in the activity.
  4. Choose the best answer to each activity test question. To receive credit, you must pass the test questions with a minimum score of 100%.
  5. Complete the post-activity assessment.
  6. Obtain a certificate.

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Disclaimer

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The information provided for this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical/clinical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The information presented does not necessarily reflect the views of StatPearls or any commercial supporters of educational activities on statpearls.com. StatPearls specifically disclaims responsibility for any adverse consequences resulting directly or indirectly from information in the course, for undetected error, or through a participant's misunderstanding of the content.

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  • Computer Requirements: Internet Access
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Media Usage Rights

The contributors and editors of StatPearls have attested that all associated media (images and video) have been legally cleared for use with this activity.  All copyrights are reserved.

  • Name: 'splint.JPG' Attribution: Contributed by Tammy J. Toney-Butler, RN, CEN, TCRN, CPEN-Author Unknown
  • Name: 'Short Leg Splint Example.png' Attribution: Contributed by Anthony J. Silva, CCMA, EMT-B
  • Name: 'A_practical_treatise_on_fractures_and_dislocations_(1875)_(14596823139).jpg' Attribution: Contributed by Wikimedia Commons, (Public Domain)

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