Jul 6, 2011, 6:52 PM
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Tandem student with arm in sling
I saw something recently at a local DZ that piqued my curiosity/concern. A 1st time tandem student showed up for his jump with his arm in a sling. It didn't appear that anyone at the DZ questioned him about it, the extent or nature of the injury, etc. Now, I'm not a tandem instructor, so don't know whether or not this is a big deal. But my logic says this could have been a less than safe situation for the student. So I'm curious what those more experienced than myself think.
If a tandem student showed up for his jump with his arm in a sling, would you go ahead with the jump no questions asked? Would you refuse to jump? Or something in between, asking questions about the nature of the injury and proceeding from there?
Jul 6, 2011, 7:58 PM
Post #2 of 3
Re: [jshiloh] Tandem student with arm in sling
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I have a feeling the reason for the sling was discussed long before the student made a jump. Chances are the sling was not due to a current injury, but due to a long term (permanent) injury or paralysis.
I don't think any TI would jump with a clearly injured student. A student who has lost the use of the arm with no hope of recovery is another story. I have seen a few students like this over the years, and the procedure is generally to 'secure' the arm to prevent it from moving around in freefall. Duct tape seems to be a popular choice, just being sure to keep it off the skin and on the sling or shirt sleeve.