Outdoor Skills - First Aid
Dislocations and Sprains
What to do
A dislocation is displacement of a bone end from its normal position at the joint
Example: Displacement of humerus (upper arm bone) from shoulder socket
Can cause a deformed looking shoulder
Seek medical attention as soon as possible!
Splint with boot on
If you suspect an ankle sprain, use the RICE procedures listed at left. Do not apply heat until at least 48 hours after the injury - If swelling and pain don't decrease with in 48 hours, seek medical attention.
If you are hiking and sprain your ankle - Construct a splint over your boot until you return to camp or vehicle - Once boot is removed, hiking is finished - Don't push an injured ankle!