To the Editor:—
The subcommittee on transportation of the injured, of the committee on trauma, American College of Surgeons, submits the following outline for the early care and transportation of the injured.Effective emergency splinting of fractures for transportation to and within a hospital is a highly significant procedure in determining the eventual rehabilitation of the patient. The objectives of emergency splinting are the prevention of additional damage to soft parts by fragments of bone, the relief of pain, and comfortable and safe transportation. Effective emergency splinting minimizes or prevents shock and is an important step in resuscitation.Emergency splinting may be provided with standard or improvised splints. Standard splints if available are the most effective, but if they are not available, various materials which usually are easily obtainable may be used to provide highly effective improvised emergency splinting and achieve its objectives.
Shoulder Arm and Elbow.—