Recently I had the privilege of sitting down with Dr. Kevin Olehnik, an orthopedic surgeon here in Maine, to talk about first aid in the field for broken limbs and some of the volunteer work he’s done in Haiti. (His name is pronounced O-len-nick.)
Dr. Olehnik is the surgeon who put me back together again after I broke my ankle and he’s a cool guy to sit down and chat with. In these videos he discusses some steps you can take for first aid in the field for a broken bone. Here’s some of the interview…
What are some steps we can take for first aid in the field?
What about splinting the injury?
Do you think it’s a good idea to straighten the limb before splinting?
Should we take antibiotics into the field in case of emergency?
Do you see any preparedness deficiencies in this country?
Did you go to Haiti after the earthquake?
Is there anything they can do to be better prepared in Haiti?
If something like the earthquake in Haiti were to happen to a city here on the east coast like New York or Boston, what do you see being different?
Could you tell me a little about the other work you have done in Haiti?
I’d like to thank Dr. Olehnik for taking the time to sit down and talk with me. Thanks Doc!