Every survival kit should have first aid supplies, but even those supplies may not include what is needed in dealing with serious injuries when out in the wild, such as a bone fracture, dislocation or sprain.
Accidents like these can and do happen in the wilderness, so you should be well-prepared in your knowledge of what to do. Hopefully, this article will serve as a good starting point.
There are two kinds of fractures: open fractures and closed fractures. An open fracture is where a bone can protrude through the skin (which would combine the fracture with an open, bleeding wound), and it’s sometimes called a compound fracture. A closed fracture, on the other hand, will have no open wounds.
Symptoms of a fracture include immense pain in the affected area, skin discoloration, swelling and a partial or total lack of function in the area. This can lead to numerous complications, ranging from a severed blood vessel, to numbness, shock and even internal bleeding. It is imperative that you treat the fracture immediately.
Get two branches that have a diameter of at least two inches, and make sure that they run along the length of either your arm or your leg, whichever one has the fracture. You’ll need both branches to run evenly, and pad them with whatever materials you have. Then, tie the splint around your arm or leg using whatever resources are available to you…Continue reading at Off The Grid News: How To Survive A Broken Bone In The Wilderness