Originally Posted by duke walker
wouldnt that be rather rare for a fibula? just thinking about it makes me glad i have kryptons
In this case the fracture was above the boot(where they usually are)
In the case of my Son, an open fracture and wound above the boot was visible and quite a bit of bleeding was present. Both bones were broken, fibula and tibia. This was visible at the accident scene. We got his leg immobilized and got him in the sled. By the time we got him to the bottom and in the Patrol room the pain was excruciating, even for an 18year old. They left the boot on and transported him to the medical center just a few blocks away. They never even discussed taking the boot off until he was xrayed, sedated and a local was given. Only then did they take the boot off. I squeezed his hand while two nurses took the boot off. His leg was virtually dangling above the boot, no way to stablize the leg. Would you want a couple patrollers trying to get your boot off with your leg like that? I wouldn't. I think the guys at Copper were fantastic. Kudos to their Patrollers that day. Those guys know what they are doing.
What I've learned here is that Ski Patrols at different Resorts treat accident victims differently. What is done at one place is done differently at another. I'm not sure anymore which way is the right way. I can understand if you know a circulation problem might exist, then taking the boot off before transport might be necessary. I still think I might leave that up to the ambulance eemt's to decide.