Posterior Shoulder Dislocation: Airplane Splint
Setup the splint. Tape the cardboard into a large
triangle in at least 3 places. Don’t worry about
where you tape for now. We’ll fine tune that later.
Patient will present themselves with dislocation
which prevents them from lowering their arm.
First priority, check for bleeding by going to
skin and then check CSM.
Secure the arm to the head using a figure 8
bandage of the head and the wrist.
Tie a cravat around the patient’s waist and then
bring in the cardboard. Insert the cardboard into
the waist strap and check for alignment. Use
your sharpie pen to mark the angle of the arm
which you want to replicate.
Use your sharpie to draw in the other side of the cut. In this
instance we need to add more tape otherwise we’ll cut away
almost all the holding force of the existing tape.
So no big deal, just add another tape band to the splint.
After cutting the splint, just open the top of it. You also want
to make a “notch” in the side of the splint to keep your cravat
from sliding down the splint.
Put the splint on the patient at the waste and
then attach a sling around the chest to hold it
in place and support the arm. Lock this cravat
into the notch that you cut on the side of the
The splint portion which covers the arm ought to be cut to
size. Since it’s on the patient, you cannot use your knife,
but paramedic shears are fine. Just mark a line with your
sharpie and then cut it off.
Now secure the arm in place with another roller bandage and
you’ll be set. Ideally we should add carpet padding if we have
it to make the best fit possible.
The completed spint supports the patient’s
arm in the position found. There is nothing to
sling and swath. It’s already packaged to go
into the toboggan sitting in a chaise lounge.
Just check CSM once more and you’re good