How to Deal with Broken Ribs in the Backcountry
Broken ribs and other chest injuries can be caused by a hard impact with the handlebars, trees or rocks; a high-speed crash; or an awkward sled rollover.
Here’s some advice on how to deal with a broken ribs while snowmobiling in the backcountry!
The priorities are:
- Quick, gentle transport
- Keep the patient warm and conformable
- Monitor vitals—airway, breathing and circulation.
With first-aid, there’s not a lot that responders can do in this situation, as the injuries are internal. However, recognizing the signs of an emergency situation and quickly getting the patient to help are key!