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A.J. Heightman EMSers need basic splinting
JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P, has a background as an EMS director and EMS operations director. He specializes in MCI management.
I’m really passionate about fracture care. Perhaps it’s because I grew up with EMS in the ’70s when the “art of EMS” wasn’t starting a difficult IV or interpreting a 12-lead ECG. Rather, it was the ability to relieve pain and suffering by carefully applying splints to angulated fractures.
Back in the “old days,” you completed American Red Cross advanced first aid training before you became an EMT. Those programs spent hours drilling splinting into your head, as well as requiring you to immobilize fractures and dislocations anywhere on the body.
Every student was required to learn at least two dozen splinting techniques using items you could find in a home, in the wilderness or on an accident scene. We used rolled up newspapers, magazines, tree branches, towels and blankets. We also used the sleeve of a winter jacket and a padded sun visor obtained from a wrecked vehicle. To review the article in its entirety click here.