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How To Build A Backcountry Knee Splint

Your hiking buddy torqued their knee? This simple splint can prevent further injury and let you both limp home.

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  1. I realize this information is below even WFA level, but there’s some rather important details being skipped here that could easily cost someone a limb if they’re hurt deep in the backcountry and someone with no further knowledge follows this:

    – Check for and treat any more serious injuries before wrapping the knee, since you won’t be able to see anything once it’s covered up. If you’re a while away from further medical care, an untreated wound could become nicely infected unbeknownst to anyone in the party.
    – DON’T TIGHTEN ANYTHING SO MUCH THAT IT CAUSES CIRCULATION LOSS! That the author(s) completely ignored any mention of checking for PMS (pulse, motor, sensation) before and after wrapping and splinting is nothing short of negligence. An average person might not be able to find a pedal pulse, but they can definitely check and ask if they or the victim has still feel and wiggle their toes.

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