air splint


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air splint

n.
An inflatable cylinder used to immobilize fractured or injured limbs to promote healing.
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Widely accepted as the gold standard, CPAP therapy involves wearing a mask or nasal pillows system connected to a small portable airflow generator that delivers air at positive pressure, creating an air splint to keep the airway open.
In a memo, he told bosses he had to wear an air splint on his ankle, but the physiotherapist could not tell him when he would be able to return to work.
Tune in one Galyan's commercial and you'll see a running shoe with a built in air splint that can be inflated should the jogger turn an ankle a couple miles from home.