A broken bone, or a fracture, is a common injury. All broken bones require medical care. Learn what first aid care for suspected broken bones i...
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First Aid: Broken Bones
A broken bone, or a
fracture, can occur during an athletic competition, accident, or some kind of
trauma. Broken bones are usually not life threatening, but they do require immediate
Symptoms of a Broken Bone
Signs of a
broken bone include one or more of the following:
pain at the site of the injury that worsens with movement
numbness, or bluish color of the injured area
of the limb or joint if the injury occurred in the arm or leg
protruding through the skin
bleeding at the injury site
First Aid Care
the person is unconscious and/or not breathing or moving, call 911 for medical
help and begin CPR.
any bleeding. Apply pressure to the wound with a
sterile bandage, a clean cloth, or a clean piece of clothing.
waiting for medical care, give first aid treatment for shock if the victim has
symptoms such as dizziness, weakness, pale and clammy skin, shortness of
breath, and increased heart rate. The person should lie quietly with the feet
elevated about 12 inches. Cover him or her with a blanket to maintain body
the injured area if you will be moving the victim. Do not move them if there is
a back or neck injury. Make a splint by folding a piece of cardboard or
newspaper or a magazine, then placing it gently under the limb. Carefully tie
the splint to the injured area with pieces of cloth.
a cold compress or ice in a plastic bag to the injured area. Make sure to place
a cloth between the skin and the ice so you don’t damage the skin.
Linda Hepler, RN
Medically Reviewed by:
George Krucik, MD, MBA
Jul 21, 2014
Published By: Healthline Networks, Inc.