Hare Traction Splint

4.25.2 Hare Traction Splint
 
 
  1. Expose the injured area.
  2. Apply manual traction of the affected leg.
  3. Check the patient's distal pulse, motor function, and sensory function.
  4. Place the splint next to the uninjured leg. Adjust it to the proper length, from the top of the patient's pelvis to a few inches past the ankle.
  5. Attach the ankle hitch about the foot and ankle.
  6. Manually apply gentle in-line traction to the ankle hitch.
  7. Slide the splint into position under the injured leg.
  8. Place the ischial pad against the iliac crest.
  9. Fasten the ischial strap.
  10. Connect the loops of the ankle hitch to the end of the splint.
  11. Tighten the ratchet and release the manual traction. Continue to pull until the patient has relief of pain and muscle spasms.
  12. Secure the splint with straps.
  13. Reevaluate the patient's distal pulse, motor function, and sensory function