Paediatric 12 Hour First Aid Level 3 (VTQ) - Online Blended Part 1

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Using Splints to Immobilise a Fractured Limb

Commercial Splints

Commercial splints, such as the SAM splint, are available to immobilise a fractured limb. These splints are made of aluminium covered in foam. To avoid causing further injury or pain, open the splint and mould it to fit the injured limb without applying pressure.

Securing the Splint

Use tape to hold the splint in position, preventing movement of the arm and wrist (in this instance).

Pneumatic Splints

Pneumatic splints work differently. Here’s how to use them:

  1. Open the zip and wrap the splint around the limb.
  2. Zip it up while the splint is deflated.
  3. Once in position, inflate the splint by blowing into the valve. This will immobilise the limb and provide cushioning for patient comfort.

You can adjust the pressure by adding more air or, if the splint is too tight, releasing some air after performing a capillary refill test.

Makeshift Splints

Most first aid kits do not include splints. If you need to immobilise a fracture and do not have a commercial splint, you can use a magazine or newspaper as an effective alternative. Secure it with micropore tape. If the splint is too tight, cut the tape and reapply.

Supporting the Arm

When dealing with an injury to the lower arm, use a triangular bandage to support the arm and keep it still. This will help the patient make their way to seek emergency medical assistance.


Using the correct technique to immobilise a fractured limb is crucial for preventing further injury and ensuring patient comfort. Whether using commercial splints, pneumatic splints, or makeshift alternatives, always prioritise the safety and well-being of the injured person.