Ron nearly fails his EMT class because he didn’t make sure his unprofessional partner maintained stabilization of the limb during application of a traction splint.
We discuss how holding a candidate responsible for the actions of a partner isn’t really kosher in the exam station, but isn’t such a bad thing in class or on the street, and how rarely traction splints are really necessary in the field.
Ron has never used a Sager splint, and I educate him on the street name for that particular torture device, plus a really cool way to check for non-displaced long bone fractures.
Ron also asks the question, “How many times have you actually used a traction splint in the field?” and invites followers to share their traction splint war stories.
Go on over to Confessions of an EMS Newbie and tell him yours.