Figure 5-7. Improvised splint applied to a fractured forearm.
d. Place the padded rigid object under the casualty's injured forearm so the
splint extends from the elbow past the fingers. If two rigid objects are used, place the
second padded rigid object on top of the forearm.
e. Place a rolled cravat or similar material in the palm of the casualty's cupped
hand (see figure 5-2) and turn the hand so it will be in a natural position (palm toward
f. Secure the rigid object(s) with at least three cravats or other securing
Apply the first cravat between the fracture site and the elbow.
Apply the second cravat between the fracture site and the wrist.
(3) Apply the third cravat in an "X" fashion over the hand. Leave the
fingernails exposed so a blanch test (pressing on nails, then releasing to see how fast
color returns to the nail beds) can be performed.
(4) Tie the tails of the cravats in a non-slip knot on the outer part of the rigid
object and tuck in the tails.
(5) Check the casualty's pulse after each cravat is applied. If the pulse can
no longer be detected, loosen the cravat and apply it again. If this does not restore
circulation, evacuate the casualty as soon as possible.
g. Apply a sling and a swathe to further immobilize the injured arm.