Today Rob joined us as part our the instructor team. He and Justin were clearly thrilled about teaching us to manage common fractures, athletic injuries and how to deal with dislocations. On thing that sets WFRs apart from paramedics and other medical responders is that we can relocate dislocated limbs, as long as we are an hour from definitive care. We learned how to relocate shoulders, fingers, knees and elbows using slow, gentle Traction In Line.
In the evening we returned to learn even more about splinting. If you have never taken part in a “Splinting Extravaganza” you don’t know what you are missing! We enjoyed the cooler temperatures out on the lawn as we splinted for femur and pelvis fractures. When the sun finally set we pulled out our headlamps and kept on splinting. It made for a long day, but no one complained because we were having so much fun!
Photo 1 – Brian uses his taping skills to secure my ankle during a lesson on sprains and strains.
Photo 2 – Jenna, Pete and Eric break out their headlamps to finish a TIL splint for my “femur fracture”. (photo courtesy of Jeremy Quant)