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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(Pressure greater than atmospheric pressure is called positive pressure.) Scientists have long described CPAP as an "air splint for the upper airway" believing that the pressurized air exerts an outward pushing force against the upper airway structures that is greater than the inward pulling force acting on the structures during an apneic episode.
The guides sprang into action, producing an air splint and a litter that had been tucked away in they woods for just such an occasion.