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How should I make an anatomic splint for a broken bone?

  • Obtain consent.
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  • Support the injured body part above and below the site of the injury.
  • Check for feeling, warmth, and color (circulation) beyond the injury.
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  • Place several folded triangular bandages above and below the injured body part.
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  • Place the uninjured body part next to the injured body part.
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  • Tie triangular bandages securely.
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  • Recheck for feeling, warmth, and color.


TIP: If you are not able to check for warmth and color because a sock or shoe is in place, check for feeling.

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