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Wilderness: Splinting (cont.)

Upper Extremity Splinting: Arm, Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist, Finger

  • Using bandages to create a sling works for immobilizing collarbone, shoulder, and upper arm injuries extending down to the elbow. The arm sling is wrapped to the person's body with a large bandage encircling the person's chest.
  • Injury to the forearm and wrist requires a straight supportive splint that secures and aligns both sides of the injury. An open hardback book is a quick and handy, temporary immobilizer.
  • An injured finger can be buddy-taped to the adjacent, unaffected fingers, or it can be splinted with small pieces of wood or cardboard until more sturdy splints can be applied.

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In general, splints are applied to decrease movement and provide support and comfort through stabilization of an injury.

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