Do you know what to do in the event of a fracture?
Broken bones, also known as fractures, constitute serious injury and need to be tended by an expert immediately. A call to 911 is required if the injury appears in any way traumatic, such as the result of an car accident or involves a vital bone like the spine.
In cases that are less critical, several first aid measures may help the patient before medical assistance arrives. The following steps will reduce pain and aid healing.
- Start by wrapping the wound site to slow bleeding. Be sure that the cloth is clean and wrap it snugly without making it uncomfortably tight.
- Move the patient as little as possible. Do not try to straighten the bones if they appear misaligned. Only apply a splint if you have experience.
- Administer an ice pack. Place ice in a bag along with cold water and seal it tight, then wrap it in a cloth and apply to the site. This can help manage pain, as well as swelling. A wrapped bag of frozen vegetables is also great for conforming to the contours of the affected body part.
- Don't take pain relievers. Speak to a medical professional before considering a drug. Some feel that over-the-counter pain relievers are safe in the short term, while other experts assert that NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) slow down the healing of fractures.
- Keep the head lower than the injury. Without elevating the wound, which could cause further damage, assist the person into a reclined position until help arrives.
Central Florida Regional Hospital’s Diagnostic Imagine and Radiology Team provides expertise and efficiency in determining the nature of your fracture. To learn details about our services or to request a physician referral, call our Consult-A-Nurse® hotline at 1-800-445-3392.