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Splinting is necessary for situations in which the victim must be moved or transported.

Types of Splints

  1. Anatomic Splint- Body provides support
  2. Soft Splint- Sling, sheet, towel
  3. Rigid Splint- Magazine, board, branch

Typically, splinting is associated with Treatment of a Fractured Bone , but it can be useful for other types of injuries as well.

  • Splinting is a method used to keep and injured body part from moving. It can also help reduce pain, making the injured person more comfortable.
  • Splint only if the person must be moved or transported and if you can do so without causing more pain and discomfort to the person.
  • Splint an injury in the position you find it.
  • Splint the joints above and below an injured bone.
  • Splint the bones above and below an injured joint.
  • Check for feeling, warmth and color of the skin below the site of injury both before and after splinting.
  • If the injury appears serious, or the person cannot be safely transported, CALL 9-1-1 or the local emergency umber.
  • Splinting materials should be soft or padded for comfort.

SAMSplints From the popular SAM medical splint to disposable, air and wire splints: Disposable Splints, Wire Splints, SAM Splints, Inflatable Air Hand & Wrist or Foot & Ankle Splints, Finger Splints in Aluminum. - See our First Aid Instructions for fractures to understand the use of rigid, soft and other splints for support or immobilization of limbs during first aid treatment and transport of injured persons.

Splints - See our selection of conventional first aid splints for hard, soft and anatomical splinting - also see inflatable air splints

What to do:

For a leg injury:

  • CHECK the scene and the person.
  • Get permission to give care.
  • Immobilize the injured leg by binding it to the uninjured leg with triangular bandages.

For ankle and foot injuries:

  • CHECK the scene and the person.
  • Get permission to give care.
  • Immobilize the ankle and foot by using a soft splint – a pillow or blanket.
  • Do not remove the person’s show.

For hand and finger injuries:

  • CHECK the scene and the person.
  • Get permission to give care.
  • If you suspect that the finger is broken or dislocated, tape the injured finger to a finger next to it.
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