Treating Fractures in the Field





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One of the more common injuries on a battlefield or in everyday life is a fracture. Although usually not immediately life-threatening, serious fractures can be fatal if not properly treated. This subcourse discusses the procedures for immobilizing fractures and dislocations of the extremities using traction splints, wire ladder splints, SAM splints, pneumatic splints, and improvised splints. The subcourse also covers immobilizing a casualty with a suspected fracture of the spine.


Subcourse Components:


This subcourse consists of six lessons. The lessons are as follows:

Lesson 1, Fractures and Related Injuries.

Lesson 2, Spinal Injuries

Lesson 3, Traction Splints.

Lesson 4, Fractures of the Lower Extremities.

Lesson 5, Fractures of the Upper Extremities.

Lesson 6, Roller Bandages

Students who desire credit hours for this correspondence subcourse must meet eligibility requirements and must enroll through the Nonresident Instruction Branch of the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School (AMEDDC&S).

Examination Answer Sheets and Student Comment Forms are available by downloading the original correspondence course manual and printing the forms from it. The manual is available here.

Credit Awarded:


To receive credit hours, you must be officially enrolled and complete an examination furnished by the Nonresident Instruction Section at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Upon successful completion of the examination for this subcourse, you will be awarded 8 credit hours.


You can enroll by going to the web site and enrolling under "Self Development" (School Code 555).


A listing of correspondence courses and subcourses available through the Nonresident Instruction Section is found in Chapter 4 of DA Pamphlet 350-59, Army Correspondence Course Program Catalog. The DA PAM is available at the following website: .












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