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[The present and future of external fixation]

CIFFER Endre1

AUGUST 28, 1991

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1991;1(14)

[The author details the main indications of external fixstion, as well as the professional and socioeconomic causes of recent trends. He also describes the management of extremity injuries in wartime. There is an emphasis of attainment and maintenance of transportability of the injured. For the first fixation procedure external fixation, plaster or their combination should be applied. The author's new method combines the use disposable and the sophisticated dynamic axial fixation device that can be attached onto the same common pin system. The cheap disposable device is applied for the time of the transportation and is replaced later with the definitive device later if needed. The new Manuflex Maxi single use fixators are cost effective and can be used with good results even in peace time surgery. It has shown excellent biomechanical characteristics compared to Orthofix.]

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