Definition: a short splint or plastic bandage designed to immobilize a fracture and prevent overriding of the ends of a fractured bone, usually supplemented by a longer splint to fix the entire limb. Most commonly used for repair of fractures of the humeral shaft, where it is used to maintain the two ends of a fracture in alignment.
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