Broken Bones

Broken arms and wrists occur less frequently than broken legs.  It may be possible when the injury is to the arm that, after treatment and immobilisation of the fracture, the casualty will become 'walking wounded' and reach a place where medical assistance can be obtained.

A broken collar bone is best immobilised as shown in this picture.

 The very rare head, back and chest injuries will, almost certainly, require experienced outside assistance.  If a spinal injury is suspected, expert help must be sought and the casualty must not be moved unless absolutely necessary. 

The Award Scheme's advice to travel through rather than over wild country, thereby avoiding exposed ridges and edges while carrying a full rucksack, should prevent the very serious injuries to head, spine and chest which may result from a fall.