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Lesson 9SPLINT A SUSPECTED FRACTURE
Compiled and edited by,
2LT John C. Miller, PA-C
A fracture is a break in a bone. It can cause disability and even death. A closed fracture is a break in the bone without a break in the skin. An open fracture is a break in the bone with a break in the overlying skin. Dislocations and sprains are injuries to joints which are treated as though they were fractures.
Splint a suspected fracture of the arm or leg.
Given a simulated casualty with a suspected fracture of the arm or leg and needed materials.
Score a GO on the performance checklist.
Even if the arm or leg is not broken, the pain caused by a severe wound can be lessened if the arm or leg is splinted after it has been dressed and bandaged. A fractured limb may need to be splinted before the casualty is repositioned to treat or prevent shock.