Up until the 20th century, orthopaedic injuries were very difficult to treat. Severe fractures and corrective surgeries often caused infections, many of which could prove fatal.
English surgeon Sir Joseph Lister, the inspiration for the founding of Johnson & Johnson, performed the first successful antiseptic treatment of a compound fracture in 1865, saving the life of a young boy.
Thirty years later, when Revra DePuy founded the world’s first orthopaedics company – the DePuy Manufacturing Company – in 1895, he changed the treatment of orthopaedic injuries forever. Producing the first fitted splints to properly heal broken limbs, he replaced improvised splinting methods with effective medical tools. Johnson & Johnson also contributed to the emerging field. Through its sterile surgical products and wide-ranging first aid manuals teaching American medical professionals and families the importance of antiseptic emergency care, proper first aid, and their techniques, the company helped to improve early orthopaedic care. Today, the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies is home to the world’s most comprehensive portfolio of orthopaedic and neurological products.