When thinking about open wounds to the forearm or even open fractures, do you use Kerlix? Do you understand the risks of wrapping it circumferentially? Watch this video to learn more!
Not everything about this video is perfect, but the point is to not create more problems by creating a compartment syndrome. The secondary point is to cover the wounds of a suspected open fracture with guaze (with saline) as soon as possible. You can usually suspect (or rule out) an open fracture based on mechanism of injury.
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