First Aid, Safety & Preparedness

How should I splint an injury?

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  • AAmerican Red Cross answered
    • Splint an injury in the position in which you find it.
    • For fractures, splint the joints above and below the site of the injury.
    • For sprains or joint injuries, splint the bones above and below the site of the injury.
    • If you are not sure if the injury is a fracture or a sprain, splint both the bones and joints above and below the point of injury.
    • Splinting materials should be soft or padded for comfort. Check for circulation (feeling, warmth, and color) before and after splinting to make sure that the splint is not too tight.
    • After you have splinted the injury, apply ice to the injured area. Keep the person from getting chilled or overheated and be reassuring.

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