We’ve all seen someone with a broken arm. I remember signing casts back in elementary and middle school. Seemed like every year at least one person had a broken arm. Why would that change during a disaster or apocalypse type scenario?
10) Immobilize an Arm Injury
“If you’ve injured an arm (with a fracture, a sever sprain, or an especially gnarly cut), you’ll need to immobilize it for a while”. The book outlines the steps we need to take in order to do this properly:
1) Start with a square cloth about 3′ x 3′ and lay it out flat. Fold it from corner to corner so you are left with a triangle.
2) Place the injured arm inside the fold and bring the ends up with one end on each side of the neck. Angle the forearm up slightly.
3) Tie the corners in a knot behind your neck.
4) Wrap a belt or some other kind of strap around the chest, above the forearm, avoiding the injured area if possible. Tie or lock the strap in place tightly enough to keep the arm from moving, but not so tightly that it cuts off circulation.
I’ve never needed this skill, and I hope I never do. But knowing it can’t really hurt. And I feel a little bit better knowing that if I was stranded and alone with a broken or injured arm, I could at least do something about it.
Let me hear your stories. Anyone ever broke an arm or know someone who has, while out doing stuff? How’d you handle it? Let me know in the comments below. And be sure to check out this book, Urban Survival Guide, at your favorite book store. There’s still a lot more interesting tips coming up, so make sure you keep checking back!