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How should I make a rigid splint for a broken bone?

  • Obtain consent.
  • Support the injured body part above and below the site of the injury.
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  • Check for feeling, warmth, and color (circulation) beyond the injury.
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  • Place an appropriately sized rigid splint (e.g., padded board) under the injured body part.
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TIP: Place padding, such as roller gauze, under the palm of the hand to keep it in a natural position.
  • Tie several folded triangular bandages above and below the injured body part.
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  • Recheck for feeling, warmth and color.


TIP: If a rigid splint is used on an injured forearm, immobilize the wrist and elbow. Bind the arm to the chest using folded triangular bandages or apply a sling. If splinting an injured joint, immobilize the bones on either side of the joint.

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