Category: Holding

Hammer Splint

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PURPOSE: To enable individuals with finger amputation to use a hammer. An Orthoplast (see separate entry) splint is softened in warm water and molded to the user's arm. A long-handled hammer is positioned along the splint; when the splint hardens, two holes are drilled through the splint and the hammer handle. Bolts are placed through the holes to secure the hammer to the splint. Two Velcro bands provide additional stability and a Velcro loop near the hammer head provides a lock for the user's thumb to facilitate hammer control. The journal article includes a photograph. SKILLS REQUIRED: Carpentry and assembly. TITLE: Hammering Away. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Vol 22, no 1, Autumn 2002: p 18. PAGES (including cover) 2 2002.


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