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First-Aid Manual: Fractured Leg

Stabilize an injured leg with a sleeping pad and a few T-shirts.
  • Roll up a sleeping pad from both ends, leaving four to six inches between the two rolls.
  • Place a rolled-up T-shirt behind the patient's knee.
  • Tie the pad around the patient's leg using bandannas, shirts, or backpack straps. Don't tie directly over the break.
  • Inflate the pad for extra support. When you're done, check the patient's toes for circulation and sensation. Loosen the splint if necessary.
Roll up a sleeping pad from both ends, leaving four to six inches between the two rolls.
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Roll up a sleeping pad from both ends, leaving four to six inches between the two rolls.

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Some good ideas, dont forget to splint the joints above and below the fracture, check for circulation before and after splinting. If you dont have circulation before splinting the patient may already have vascular impingement and now you have a truly emergent situation. If you lose circulation after splinting, unwrap and start over again, its to tight
— Mark (medic)

If you do have circulatory compromise, sometimes a little gentle traction (manipulating the injured limb toward it's anatomically correct position) can prove helpful and may reduce pain. However, this should be discontinued in the presence of significant pain or resistance or in light of gross deformity.
-nice slide show btw
— Austin


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