First Aid Basics: How to Deal with Fractures

A fracture is an injury to a bone often resulting in a clean break. Today we do not use a splint on a fracture victim, unless the injured person will have to be moved before emergency help can arrive.  Your only other goal when assisting a fracture victim is to assist in easing the pain of the injured party. Encourage the patient to position the fractured limb themselves. If the patient cannot do this themselves, give careful assistance.

For a fractured arm; make an arm sling from two triangle shaped bandages and take the person to hospital or the doctor. For neck, back, pelvic or thigh fractures do not travel with the patient but wait for emergency services to arrive. Try to make the patient comfortable and stabilise the patient by placing objects around the fractured area, while you wait.

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