PLAINVILLE, Conn., (September 23, 2009) – Innovative Medical Products, an industry leader in patient positioning devices and pressure ulcer prevention pads, has introduced the Phase 4 Gel™ Splint, a unique forearm traction splint for shoulder or elbow arthroscopy. The Phase 4 Gel™ Splint protects against skin breakdown, allows greater flexibility in forearm and shoulder rotation and adds stability and anatomical uniformity to patient positioning.
With softer, more supple material, the surface of the Phase 4 Gel™ Splint actually flows with the patient’s tissue to minimize skin shear forces like no other traction splint currently available. The special Phase 4 Gel™ also holds the patient’s arm by adhesion rather than compression, distributing pressure more evenly over the entire contact surface.
The new universal splint is designed with three holes that allow for three different hook placements to better control internal or external rotation of the forearm and shoulder, providing greater flexibility than single hook placement devices. In addition, the Phase 4 Gel™ Splint is constructed with a pre-formed plastic backbone that gives conformity to the forearm/wrist anatomic angle. This unique feature allows a more stable and uniform distribution of pressure, helping to prevent pressure occurring at only certain points on the