Tobruk splint

To·bruk splint

a Thomas splint, applied and held in plaster with plaster of Paris dressings; a splint first used during World War II to immobilize the limb during hazardous conditions such as transport from small to large boats.
[port of Tobruk, Libya]
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KEY WORDS Fractured femur, Hugh Owen Thomas, Robert Jones, Thomas splint, Tobruk splint
In the early days of the north African campaign, when it was necessary to evacuate wounded troops with compound lower limb fractures for hundreds of miles along rough and bumpy desert roads, the 'Tobruk splint' was invented by some unknown Royal Army Medical Corps genius.