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Lower limb immobilisation

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Lower Limb Immobilization: Techniques and Considerations

Introduction

Lower limb immobilization is a crucial technique used in cases of potential fractures, dislocations, or injuries to the lower extremities, from the pelvis down to the toes.

Preparation and Equipment

  • Three Triangular Dressings: Required for splinting and stabilization.
  • Additional Support: Consider using materials to support hollows between the legs for added stability.
  • Extra Rubber Glove: Useful for securing the feet and maintaining alignment.

Immobilization Points

Immobilization involves securing specific points to minimize movement and provide stability:

  • Above the Knee: Stabilize the femur and neck of femur with a triangular bandage.
  • Below the Knee: Secure the tibia, fibula, and patella.
  • Feet: Apply a figure-of-eight bandage to keep the feet aligned and together.

Procedure

  1. Positioning: Place the good leg next to the injured leg to minimize movement of the affected limb.
  2. Supporting Hollows: Fill any gaps between the legs with padding for stability.
  3. Securing Feet: Place a rubber glove over the toes to keep the feet together.
  4. Bandaging: Roll up triangular bandages to form straps and secure them under and above the knees, as well as around the ankles.
  5. Figure-of-Eight: Apply a figure-of-eight bandage around the feet to maintain alignment and stability.

Considerations

  • Do not tie bandages over the fracture or injury site.
  • Adjust technique based on the specific injury; avoid placing pressure on fractured areas.
  • Ensure proper stabilization to prevent further damage during patient movement.

Lower limb immobilization provides essential support and stability, facilitating safe transportation of injured individuals.

Learning Outcomes:
  • IPOSi Unit three LO1.1, 1.2 & 2.1