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First-Aid Manual: Fractured Arm

Learn how to improvise a splint with common backpacking gear.
  • Wrap soft padding–such as a T-shirt, fleece, or socks–gently around the arm.
  • Place a rigid support under the injury–a SAM splint, folded section of a foam sleeping pad, or stick. Make sure it's long enough to support the patient's hand. Place a rolled-up sock or bandanna in her palm.
  • Wrap an ACE bandage around the rigid support and arm, going from hand to elbow. Second choice: Bind the rigid support to the arm with bandannas at the hand and above and below the fracture site.
  • Place the patient's arm in a sling. Simply pull her shirt up and over the arm and pin in place with safety pins.
  • Wrap a soft cloth around the sling and the patient's torso to make a swathe. Check her fingers for circulation and sensation. Loosen the splint if necessary.
Wrap soft padding–such as a T-shirt, fleece, or socks–gently around the arm.
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Wrap soft padding–such as a T-shirt, fleece, or socks–gently around the arm.


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First-Aid Manual: Fractured Arm:
When wrapping a persons arm, leg, etc, be sure that the wrap is completely taut (Not too tight as to reduce circulation) and the wrap needs to be completely smooth (Not like in the given picture 2 of 5). If you wrap like given picture, you will have pressure points which in turn could reduce circulation to the lower extremity. After the wrap is complete, check for circulation in the lower extremity.
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