Last night I almost failed EMT-B class because I did my traction splint incorrectly. Twice. I’ll talk more about it on the podcast next week, but I thought I’d do a post now about the traction splint. After I tweeted last night that I’d failed it the first time, Greg Friese replied
I’ve heard this before. The traction splint is so rarely used that medics forget how to use it when they do need it.
So here’s my request of you – Tell us about a time you did use the traction splint.
Either in the comments, or via trackback to your own blog.
Since I obviously don’t have such a story, I’ll tell you one one of our paramedic lab instructors told.
Man was working on the roof of his house. Near the edge. And took one step too far. Falls and lands so his thigh hits a rock, causing an isolated femur fracture. The guy is alone at home and ends up dragging himself into the house, across the living room into the kitchen to the phone and calls 911. When the medics arrive they just follow the trail of blood to the patient, who is sitting up in the kitchen. Other than minor cuts and abrasions, the only injury is the femur. So they use a traction splint.*
What’s your story?
* I don’t believe the fracture was open, and I realize MOI says you need to do more (C-collar, spinal immobilization etc), but that’s the story I was told by the paramedic.