Backpacker - - Skıll Set -

Frac­tures are most com­mon in the leg, an­kle, or wrist af­ter a fall (symp­toms are sim­i­lar to those of sprains and strains, but more se­vere). For dis­lo­ca­tions, which usu­ally af­fect the shoul­der, you’ll feel

pain and re­stricted range of mo­tion (most com­mon cause: push­ing past a planted ski or trekking pole or lev­er­ing your arm while pad­dling). È Pack SAM splint; elas­tic bandage.

È Pre­vent Use trekking poles and ex­er­cise cau­tion when scram­bling. Leave your hands out of the wrist straps on poles.

È Treat Im­mo­bi­lize the in­jury (don’t try to pop a dis­lo­ca­tion back in place). For a leg in­jury, fol­low these steps:

1. Place a foam or un­in­flated sleep­ing pad un­der the leg. Pad the area un­der the leg with cloth­ing; place a rolled-up item of cloth­ing un­der the knee to keep it from lock­ing out.

2. Tie the pad around the leg with at least two strips of cloth—one above and one be­low the knee.

3. Tie the pad’s ex­tra length around the foot like a boot (the wrap should sup­port the an­kle and keep it at as close to a right an­gle as pos­si­ble to limit move­ment). In­flate the pad, if us­ing a blow-up. Loosen if cir­cu­la­tion is im­paired. Evac­u­ate any break or dis­lo­ca­tion. If the vic­tim can walk out, great. But call for help if you see bone break through skin or a limb at an odd an­gle, or if there’s no sen­sa­tion or pulse be­low the in­jury.




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