m. Apply Traction Using the Splint. Have the assistant perform the following
(1) Have the assistant move to the ankle hitch and hold the traction straps
again so that the three "D" rings are together.
Slip the three "D" rings over the free end of the "S" hook.
(3) Tighten the traction strap to provide enough traction to maintain the
limb's alignment (see figure 3-5).
Some models do not have a ratchet mechanism to tighten the strap.
When a ratchet mechanism is used, do not apply undue traction to the
limb. Overstretching the limb can cause further injury to the limb.
Figure 3-5. Applying mechanical traction with the Hare splint.
(4) Once the traction has been applied by the traction strap, you can lean
forward and relax your manual traction. Continue to support the leg at the ankle until
the remainder of the splint straps have been applied.
n. Secure Velcro Support Straps. The medical leader secures the four Velcro
support straps so the limb is securely held in the splint.
(1) Tighten the straps on the thigh above the fracture, on the thigh below the
fracture, below the knee, and above the ankle.
Check the distal pulse after tightening each strap.
(3) If the strap interferes with the blood circulation, loosen the strap and
secure it again.