Broken bones or fractures should always be treated with emergency care, as an improperly set fracture could lead to chronic pain and mobility issues in the future. When a broken bone occurs, it is important to administer some first response care before trying to transport an individual to the emergency room. Here are some steps to take to manage the situation without causing further damage:
Control Any Bleeding
Open fractures that penetrate the skin can produce a heavy amount of bleeding, so you should focus first on limiting blood loss for the patient. Use a clean piece of clothing, a towel, or a cloth to gently wrap the wound. Apply gentle pressure without disturbing the misplaced bone. Do not try to move the bone back in place, even if it is protruding from the skin.
Make a Splint
The fractured bone should be immobilized so that the injury is not worsened through unintentional movement or pressure from the body’s weight. A splint will effectively keep the area safe. You can make one using rigid material on both sides of the injured area held in place with a belt or tape. Pad the splint with rolled blankets or towels so that it is comfortable for the patient. Ice can be applied to the injured site during transportation so that swelling is minimized.
Assist in Transport
Broken bones in the ribs, hips, or lower body will prevent a patient from walking freely, so provide support when the patient is moving to and from a vehicle to go to the emergency room. If the patient needs to be carried, be sure to support the neck, back, and head evenly during transport.
For quick medical care in the case of a fracture, visit Highland Park Emergency Center in Dallas. We offer emergency room care 24 hours, 7 days a week with x-rays and lab work on-site. Call (214) 396-4550 to learn why we should be your primary choice for emergency medical treatment.