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If it’s just you and the victim, create a traction splint first, then pull and maintain traction with the device. 77 Knee Fractures Fractures around the knee should be splinted from the hip to the ankle with a cylinder splint. You can use a life jacket or rolled up sleeping pad. Individuals with fractures near the knee should not be allowed to walk without crutches. Lower Leg (Tibia and Fibula) Fractures Check for deformity, crepitus (grinding sounds), point tenderness and immediate swelling. A victim with a tibia fracture will not be able to bear weight.
It is packaged as a small single-use applicator. Dermabond® is ideal for backcountry use because it precludes the need for topical anesthesia, is easy to use, doesn’t require any needles, and takes up a lot less room in a backpack than a conventional suture kit. Ask your physician to supply you with one for your wilderness outings. Over-the-counter tissue glues (Liquid Bandage™, Nexcare™ Liquid Bandage Drops) can also be used, but they are not as strong an adhesive as Dermabond®, and the wound edges are less likely to stay shut.
If the pad is not long enough, extensions can be taped or tied on. Blankets, beach towels, or even a rolled plastic tarp can be used in a similar fashion. Padded Hip Belt A padded hip belt taken from a large internal or external frame backpack can sometimes be modified, after removal, to function as a cervical collar. If the belt is too long, overlap the ends and secure them with duct tape. Clothing Any bulky item of clothing can be used. Wrap a wide ace-type bandage around the entire item first, to compress the material and to make it more rigid and supportive before placing on the neck.