Today’s tip goes hand in hand with yesterday’s tip, Immobilize An Arm Injury. In the same way that breaking or injuring an arm is highly probably during a disaster type situation, so is the possibility of a leg injury. In fact, since every step we take is with one of our legs, its probably more likely to encounter a leg injury.
11) Make A Splint
In a survival type situation, you wont have the luxury of laying around while your leg heals. In fact, you’ll probably be trying to get somewhere safe, and “staying still isn’t an option”. So to temporarily get you up and going, back to civilization, you’re going to need a splint. According to the book, your splint could be made of “a sleeping pad, cardboard, or other flexible material”. Here’s what you need to do:
- Stop any bleeding with direct pressure.
- Check for a pulse below the fracture and look at the skin – if it’s pale, circulation may be cut off and you may need to set the bone.
- Slide the unfolded splint material beneath the limb and pad it for comfort and stability.
- Fold the splint around the leg; securing it with elastic, gauze, or other material. The splint should be tight enough to keep the bone from shifting, but it should not impair circulation. If the break involves a joint, secure the splint both above and below it for extra stability.
I honestly don’t think I would do a very good job of this based on these instructions alone. My legs take a lot of pressure as I walk and I just don’t know that I could secure cardboard around my leg well enough to “keep the bone from shifting”. Has anyone ever used something like this and did it work at all?
And as always, if you want to buy this book, look for “Outdoor Survival Guide” by Rich Johnson at your favorite book store. I am making no money by advertising for this; I’m just giving the writer his credit since I’m pretty much taking stuff right out of the book.