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Emergency Splints and Casts

We will use the excess materials to create splints and casts that can be used in emergency situations.

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By using Nike Grind materials we will be able to make splints and casts that can be assembled easily and used in emergency situations. In the event of an emergency such as an earthquake or hurricane, emergency services will be able to use the assembled Nike Grind materials to stabilize existing injuries. The exact materials will be explained later on, but something similar to an air cast will be created and used with the materials.

Which Nike Grind materials will your idea utilize?

  • Rubber Granulate
  • EVA Foam Sheets & Blocks
  • Laminated EVA Foam
  • Laminated PU Foam
  • Footwear Fiber "Fluff"
  • Full Grain Leather Scraps
  • Split Leather Scraps Coated
  • Synthetic Leather

How specifically will these materials be incorporated into your solution?

By using Nike Grind materials we will be able to make splints and casts that can be assembled easily and used in emergency situations. The EVA Foam , sheets, blocks and components will be used as the basis of splint to provide a solid foundation to assist the injury. To replace the gel casing found in some splints rubber granulate and footwear fiber "fluff" can be place inside of Laminated EVA or PU Foam to provide a soft outer layer. The splint will be finished off using the leather scraps to a create straps that keep everything together and in place.

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What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Research & Early Testing

Describe your target market. Who will benefit from your product?

Emergency responders who respond to earthquakes and other instances of mass destruction where people are easily susceptible to suffer from broken bones and sprains.

How will you scale your idea? Please describe in detail your plan to scale your concept.

I hope to approach emergency service and medical companies with the idea as an easy alternative to the plastic and foams being used in casts and splints today. The reusable alternatives will hopefully be appealing to these companies and offer them a new approach to their problem.

What inspired this idea?

I attended an OpenIDEO session at NYU and during our brainstorming session I came up with this idea.

Tell us about yourself and your team. What is your background and experience?

I am currently a high school student entering the Nike Grind competition. I will be attending Dartmouth College next year to study Human-Centered Design and hope to enter the field after I graduate.

In what city are you located?

Jersey City (Nj)

In what country are you located?


Please describe how becoming a Top Idea will support the growth of your concept.

Becoming a Top Idea will support the growth of my concept because I will be able to make prototypes with the material and bring them to companies to have them look at the idea and potentially invest in it.

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Photo of Bettina Fliegel

Hi Maxwell. It is great to see your idea from the OpenIDEO NY Chapter event posted in the Challenge! I like your focus on products for disaster relief. Are you thinking of a global market, as well as local?