09-17-2003
I-40 @ Hwy 115 (150mm)
Entrapment and application of traction splint

The accident occurred just past the center of the exit on I40.  A tractor trailer was involved as well, but 2 vehicles suffered the worst part of the accident.  The paramedics assisted by Statesville Fire Department and Iredell Rescue Squad extricated the patients.  The paramedics placed a traction splint on one of the patients and I captured the moment.

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Rescue units position to work on both vehicles.

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Patient that was hit from behind is extracted and packaged.

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Damage to vehicle show severe rear impact.

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Extrication from 2nd vehicle - Broken femur on patient.

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Measuring the traction splint on the good leg.

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Tightening down the splint so it won't move after being placed in position.

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Ankle support and pull connector are put around the ankle.

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Traction being applied and reaction from patient is observed.


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Personnel secure the traction splint with Velcro straps.

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While one paramedic works, the other is still holding the hand of the patient.

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Fire personnel assist in putting on spider straps to secure patient to backboard.

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Front end damage to vehicle that had broken femur.

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