March 09, 2012
Survival Skills: How to Make an Improvised Arm Sling and Splint - 3
by Tim MacWelch
Anyone who has ever suffered through a broken arm or hand (or a really bad sprain) can tell you just how painful the injury can be when that part of the body keeps getting moved around. The scenario is only worsened when this injury happens to you in a remote location and wilderness travel is needed to get to a doctor.
Ideally, you’ll be equipped with a SAM splint, one or two Ace bandages, and something to create a sling, like a cravat. But if you get in a scrape without any modern splinting equipment in your first aid bag, or you get separated from your medical gear, you can always make a sling or splint.
A Sleeve, A Rope And A Sheet Bend
This sling is flexible, comfortable and does a good job of immobilizing the limb for sprains and simple fractures, but it is not rigid. For worse injuries, the bark splint is a smarter option.