Improvised Splints: From Your Living Room to Way Beyond

I recently wrote an article for the About.com Survival Skills website about how to make an improvised splint in a wilderness setting. But making a splint isn’t something that you want to try out for the first time in the backcountry when you or your buddy’s hurt, right? That’s what I thought…so we decided to practice splint-making right here, in our living room. And here are the results:

We wanted to make a practice splint using what we might really have with us or in our backpacks, so for the padded portion of the splint, we used extra clothing, including shirts and bandanas:

splint 1

For the rigid component, we decided to use trekking poles:

splint 2

And then to fix and immobilize the splint, we chose a long-sleeved hoodie shirt, tying the arms around my neck to make a sling:

splint 3

I felt like this splint needed more padding and more clothing to fix it securely, and then it would have done its job stabilizing an injury and protecting it from further harm. But just in case I ever have to make a splint or deal with an injury in the backcountry, I hope I have a good wilderness first aid kit…and a good friend with me!

Want to read more about how to make an improvised splint?
Read my article on the About.com Survival Skills website:
“How to Make an Improvised Splint”
A splint helps immobilize part of the body when it’s injured to reduce pain and to prevent further injury. When you or when someone in your groups gets injured in a wilderness setting, you may not have access to all of the items that a doctor would use to make a splint in an office setting…click here to continue reading

Photos © Traci J. Macnamara.

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