Elevation of limbs during burns surgery to access the posterior aspect is routinely required. We describe a method of limb holding during burns surgery using sharp towel clips fixed to the distal phalanges of a patient's hands or feet. The limb is held in elevation using a sterile crepe bandage from the towel clips to a hook hung on a rail fixed to the theatre ceiling. We have used this technique for patients with extensive severe burns for many years with no significant damage to the nail beds or the tips of fingers and toes. This technique is convenient for surgeons as it allows easy access to hands and feet and the posterior aspects of arms and thighs. It is cost effective and safe as it spares an assistant and decreases the risk of potential occupational injury. Level of Evidence: Level V, therapeutic study.
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Apr 1, 2013
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