As President of Reel Research and Development, Inc. myself and my colleagues wish to respond to a classroom study submitted for publication by Messer’s Studer M.D., Grubb, BS, Horn MD and Danielson MD “Evaluation of Commercially Available Traction Splints for Battlefield use”. As one of the traction products included in this study, the Reel Splint System (RS) NSN 6515-01-250-8936 we feel compelled to respond to its findings, especially in regards to the (RS) including:
- IN PRACTICALITY, WE AGREE, THAT THE RS WAS NOT DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR USE IN “DISMOUNTED CARRY “OPERATIONS AS DEFINED BY THE AUTHORS.
- THE UNIVERALLY APPLICABLE RS SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN INCLUDED IN A NARROWLY FOCUSED DISMOUNTED TRACTION STUDY; EMPLOYING A “TRACTION’ MANIKIN” IN A CLASSROOM SETTING TO POSTULATE FIELD RESULTS.
- STUDIES AND STANARDIZATON OF RS HAS TAKEN PLACE CONTRARY TO AUTHOR’S ASSERTIONS; THOSE DIRECTLY RELATED TO MILTARY MEDICINE.
- THE AUTHORS MAKE UNSUPPORTED FINDINGS REGARDING THE USE AND EFFICACY OF THE RS FOR DIFFICULT “ANGULATED BONE AND JOINT IMMOBIZATION”… CALLING FOR REPLACEMENT USING ALUMINUM MALLUABLE SPLINTS. (SAM SPLINT)
- THE AUTHORS MAKE A BROAD AND “OUTSIDE THE SCOPE OF STUDY” RECOMMENDATION THAT THE RS SHOULD BE ENTIRELY REMOVED FROM MILITARY SEVRICE, BECAUSE THE RS HAS “PERSISTED TOO LONG”...
- RS IS CLINICALLY PROVEN FOR DESIGNATED AREAS OF INCLUSION: AUTHORS SHOULD RETRACT ANY UNSUPPORTED HYPOTHISIS OF THE RS EFFICACY OUTSIDE THE STUDIES CONFINES OF EVALUATON.-
To read the entire pdf article click here: Response to Studer Evaluation