Llamas, No Internet, and Broken Leg. First Aid Into the Wild

Out in the world, many awful things could occur, which range from physical injuries to drinking contaminated water – if you did not carry along clinical chemicals that can help to purify water. In the wild, there are no clear walking paths, and you cannot expect to trust the paths you use to take you where you intend to go safely. Often, you have to jump to some areas where there are little pools of water, or even make makeshift bridges in places where there are pools of water that are relatively sizeable.

 

The risk of getting an injury in your limbs in such cases is very high. More often than not, most people who go into the wild fracture or break their legs. You can imagine how difficult and challenging the situation can be when you are in Peru, and you do not have access to the internet.

Assess the Damage

Out in the wild, the risk of breaking a leg is very high, let alone having fractures or other minor limb injuries. More often than not, what makes the situation even worse is that the wild is very remote, and it could be a bit difficult to access the internet for some quick guides.

When you have a friend who breaks their leg, it is essential to assess the extent of the damage. That way, you will be in an excellent position to know how to proceed. It will also allow you to know what and which parts to handle even as you start delivering first aid.

Try to Manipulate the Broken Leg

After you assess the extent of the damage on the broken leg, you can embark on minor manipulations that will allow you to alleviate the pain. When your friend breaks their leg, many things could occur which include breaking the nerves or puncturing blood vessels in that region. Therefore, make an effort of manipulating the broken leg to reduce the pain, and allow your friend to get some rest to avoid further damage.

Re-Set the Limb

If your friend’s leg is broken, then it means that there has been a shift in the position of the affected limb. It is essential that you re-set the leg into its correct position so that it returns to its natural angle. This is not an easy task, and depending on the extent of the damage, there could be a lot of pain in the process of re-setting the limb.

Re-setting the limb is a very critical step in reducing the pain on the leg, and helps to restore and fasten the recovery of the leg. Since we are talking about bones here, some awkward sounds could be produced in the process of resetting the broken leg, but this will help a great deal in reducing pain. This is a bit tricky though; if you have doubts you should leave the leg as is for a qualified personnel and proceed to the next step.

Devise a Makeshift Splint

Since you are in the wild and you do not have access to a hospital or any medical facility, you need to devise a splint that will help your friend to maneuver even as you plan on how to seek medical attention. In the wild, there are many trees and branches which can help you in the process of making a splint. Get a branch and cut it into two pieces, and put a piece on either side of the broken leg. Tie the splints together with the leg together using your handkerchief, bandanna, or other pieces of cloth that can get the job done. Though temporary, this will be a pivotal step in ensuring that you hold everything in place before you can get access to a medical facility.

Keep Your Friend Hydrated

It is crucial that you give your friend lots of water and fluid so that they can remain hydrated even as you plan on how to get to a medical facility. Watch out for any signs of abnormal activity, behavior, shock; and ensure that your friend is warm all through.

Seek Medical Attention

Since we are talking of a broken part of the body here, the makeshift splint and the first aid that you have given will help to alleviate the pain, but in the long run, you will need to seek the assistance and services of a medical professional.

A radio or a telephone call could come in handy since you could get in contact with local search and rescue teams, which will help you get access to medical attention that you are seeking.

To sum this up, if you are in the wild and your friend breaks their leg, it is crucial that you give them first aid, and look for ways that will help to reduce the pain they are going through. Do not hesitate to seek medical attention after providing first aid, since this is important in ensuring that the broken leg recovers quickly.