(4) Check the casualty's pulse below the swathe. If the casualty had a
pulse before the swathe was applied but the pulse is no longer present, loosen and retie
the swathe. If a pulse is still not present, evacuate the casualty as soon as possible.
e. Examples of swathes applied to upper extremities are shown in figure 6-16.
Figure 6-16. Swathes applied to immobilize an injured arm or forearm.
A dislocation occurs when the bones comprising a joint (elbow, knee, wrist, etc.)
are forced out of their proper positions. The ligaments that hold the ends of the bones
together may be torn. Other tissues surrounding the joint may also be injured. Joints
frequently affected include the shoulder, elbow, fingers, hips, and ankles.