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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Already making a difference with duct tape

Under cover of darkness, Team Rubicon Doctors Griswell and Dolhun, along with former Army SF medic Mark Hayward, treat a 14 year-old girl with a mid-shaft fracture fibula and tibia. Five days ago a concrete wall collapsed on her leg during a massive 7.0 earthquake.

In the United States, she would fully recover after surgery requiring an orthopedic surgeon and anesthesiologist. However, with the lack of resources in Haiti and low triage priority (no open fracture and not infected), Griswell speculated she will walk again but with a slight deformity and a limp.

The medical trio applied traction in order to reduce the fracture, set the leg, and finally applied a splint of wood scraps wrapped in bed sheets and duct tape. "You use what you can", said Dolhun.
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