Broken bones can be a mobility issue and may cause chronic pain. Fractures are caused by cracks or breaks in the bone. According to the website of Spiros Law Firm, bone fractures may necessitate continued medical treatment. The good news is that fractures can be easily corrected and treated. In this article, we shall discuss some first aid for a broken bone.
With bone fractures, there are seven things you need to look for:
• Difficulty with moving
• Movement in an unnatural direction
• Limb looks shorter, twisted, or bent
• Grating noise or feeling
• Loss of strength
For open fractures, it is important to cover the wound with a sterile dressing and secure it with a bandage. Apply pressure around the wound to control any bleeding. Support the injured body part to keep it from moving. This will help ease the pain and prevent further damage. Call 911 or 112 for medical help. Don’t move the injured while waiting for the medical team to arrive.
Protect the injured area by using bandages to secure it from an uninjured part of the body to prevent movement. Avoid moving them if there is a back or neck injury. Make a splint by folding a piece of cardboard, newspaper, or magazine and placing them gently under the limb.
Apply ice packs to limit swelling and help with pain relief. Avoid applying ice directly on the skin. Wrap it in a towel, piece of cloth, or some other material.
If the injured person feels faint or experiences shortness of breath, let him lie down with the head slightly lower than the trunk. If possible, elevate the legs. Cover them with a blanket to keep their body warm.
If the injured person is not responding, check their airway and breathing and use first aid for someone who is unresponsive.