How To Overcome Sling, Splint And Bandage When Things Go Wrong

1 Comment 📁 Community, Info 🕔21.July 2014
How To Overcome Sling, Splint And Bandage When Things Go Wrong

Anything can happened when you ride, sometimes you are going to crash and get hurt. Do you know what to do if that happens?

One thing for sure, you should make sure that both you and the person you are helping are out of danger and that the injury does not involve the head or spine.

Most mountain bike injuries involve trauma to the wrist, arm, shoulder, or collarbone. Here is some advice on how to improvise the first aid kit to get your rider friend out safely and stabilize the injury before you can go to the hospital for professional medical attention.

The Splint


The idea with splinting is to prevent further damage and pain.

The trick is to stabilize the bone above and below the injured joint or the joints nearest the injury. For example, with a forearm injury, you want the splint to be long enough to stabilize the wrist and the elbow.

What you will need:

Two sticks, staying with the forearm example, you’d choose sticks about as big around as your thumb, with no jutting branches and long enough to go from the palm of the hand to the elbow.

Put one stick from palm to elbow joint, and the other on the opposite side. Lash the splint in place using spare tubes or pieces of clothing.

The Sling    


When most people fall and hurt their arm or elbow, the initial reaction is to bring the arm in against the body and hold it there. That’s a comfortable position, and that’s what you want to think of when you’re improvising a sling.

What you will need:

Two tubes. Use them in a sling and swathe technique

Loop one over the injured person’s neck, and use the bottom of the loop shortened with a knot if needed to hold the arm in a comfortably bent position this is the sling. The swath prevents lateral movement.

Take a second tube and tie it around the person to hold the arm in place.

The Bandage


Most cycling clothing is designed not to absorb liquid, so it doesn’t make the best bandage.

What you will need:

Pressure because if  you apply firm pressure, even without a bandage, it will take care of most bleeding.

Try your gloves the terry cloth patches actually are absorbent and can help blood clot. If it’s a big slice, hold the gloves in place by tying a shirt or tube around them to keep pressure applied while you help the person get out of the woods.

What if they’re really bleeding, as in spurting blood from a deep cut? Direct pressure a lot of it above the cut can stem the flow.

If the injury is that bad, you’ll need to act fast. Tie a shirt around the wounded limb, about an inch above the wound. Take a stick (again, a little thicker than your thumb) and tie it into the cloth above the knot you just made. Now, twist the stick, and keep twisting until the bleeding stops.



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