Splints are sometimes used to protect wounds from further injury, or to support or immobilise limbs. If medical aid is not far away, it is better to use bulky clothing to provide support. In remote areas where help is likely to be delayed, splinting may be essential.
An improvised splint can be made from a rolled newspaper, or any other firm or rigid article of suitable size. It is possible to use an uninjured leg as a splint by bandaging the injured leg to it: this method of splinting is used for a fractured thigh bone or lower leg. An injured arm can be splinted against the casualty's trunk or supported in a sling.
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