Homemade Wrist Splint

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When you think you have a broken or fractured wrist, put it in a splint until you get to the doctor to prevent further damage and to help ease the pain. Even though homemade splints help immobilise the injury, you still need to see a doctor as soon as possible because the bone may need to be reset and put into a cast.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Thick bath towel
  • Two bandannas
  • Elastic bandage
  • Tongue depressor
  • Athletic tape

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    Bandanna Splint

  1. 1

    Place a folded towel under the arm. It should completely cover from the fingertips to the elbow.

  2. 2

    Wrap the arm in the towel so it fits snugly.

  3. 3

    Tie one bandanna tightly around one end of the towel, and the other around the other end. Tie it tightly so that nothing moves.

    Bandage Splint

  1. 1

    Wrap an elastic bandage around the broken or injured wrist in a figure-eight pattern.

  2. 2

    Hold one part of the bandage down until you wrap it properly so the bandage doesn't loosen. Wrap it tightly but not so tightly that you cut off circulation.

  3. 3

    Fasten it with the metal clamps or Velcro the bandages include.

    Stick Splint

  1. 1

    Place a tongue depressor, or Popsicle stick, under the wrist. You will need more than one for large wrists.

  2. 2

    Hold the stick in place and wrap the area up, using the figure-eight pattern with athletic tape to immobilise it.

  3. 3

    Cut the tape when you feel you have secured the wrist properly.

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