External nasal splints of aluminium or thermoplastic belong to the basic equipment found in ENT-Surgery, Casualty and Accident and Emergency Units. The material properties offer the user and the patients many advantages over standard plaster of paris bandaging. They can be applied quickly and efficiently, offer stable protection and are optically much less conspicuous.
Here, thermoplastic is used to describe a substance that changes its consistency and stability under temperature influence. The material should be heated in a water bath. The material changes its colour from white to transparent and becomes malleable under the influence of warmth. The process is reversed by cooling i.e. the product sets in the modelled shape. A very individual fitting to the patients anatomy is made possible by using such material for an external nasal splint.
Aluminium external nasal splints offer the quickest practical solution for the setting of a nose. The time required is a fraction of that necessary for the plaster of paris counterpart. Our aluminium splints also provide you with the following bonuses: easily malleable whilst very stable, sufficiently but not extremely padded, self adhesive backs, all to a very attractive price.
It is absolutely vital that the splint and the septum do not stick to one another, which is why two materials that have these characteristics are very popular for this purpose i.e. silicone and fluoroplastic.
Due to their anti-adhesive surfaces, both substances prevent sticking to secretion or tissue. The differences are found primarily in their flexibility and rigidity.