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The Gaza Hand Board

Harb, Louai BSN; Wadi, Mohammed BSN; Godwin, Yvette FRCS(plast)

doi: 10.1097/SAP.0000000000000955
Hand Surgery

Abstract: This article describes an economical, versatile hand board that was conceived in Gaza during a surgical mission in the absence of commercially available hand holding devices. It was initially created to allow access and immobilization of the hand when addressing volar digital burn contractures. It has been applied subsequently during 5 further missions and now forms a standard part of our surgical kit. We present it to provide others with an easy solution should they need to release complex hand contractures and not have any assistant or instrument to immobilize the hand.

From the Medecins Sans Frontieres, Gaza Clinic, Thaoura St, Gaza City, Palestine.

Received May 4, 2016, and accepted for publication, after revision October 24, 2016.

Conflicts of interest and sources of funding: none declared.

Reprints: Yvette Godwin, FRCS(plast), Medecins Sans Frontieres, Gaza Clinic, Thaoura St, Gaza City, Palestine. E-mail: ygodwin@hotmail.com.

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