Friday, September 11, 2015

How to Splint a Fracture Well Before Rushing to an Orthopedic Surgeon

When it comes to splinting a fracture, longtime paramedic Jennifer Cuske has seen it all—from a textbook splinting technique to a bad one. In her article on the Journal of Emergency Medical Services, she recalls one instance wherein she had to help out a patient whose broken ankle was improperly splinted. As the patient and her EMTs passed by, Cuske noticed that the patient’s obviously broken ankle was dangling, unsupported by the wheelchair pedal. Furthermore, it was haphazardly stabilized with a padded cardboard splint, which didn’t even fit the bend of the patient’s ankle well. In response, she asked one of the EMTs to place the patient’s foot on the wheelchair, and immediately saw the latter’s pained expression change to relief.

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