Provider Prepared’s Weekly Pearl of Wound Wisdom #14 Immobilize it to move it!
Prior to splinting expose the entire extremity, clean and repair any skin lesions, then apply appropriate wound dressings before placing the splint. Also take into consideration the patient’s ability to remove clothing with the splint in place, remove clothing as appropriate.
When appropriate, immobilize the joints above and below a fracture. Place extra padding at the fracture site. For dislocated joints, immobilize bones above and below the dislocated joint as appropriate.
Stacciolini, AN et al. Basic techniques for splinting of musculoskeletal injuries. UpToDate May 2017.
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