What Should You Do If Someone You Know Fractures a Bone?
Some injuries result in a fracture, which is the breaking of the bone. Fractures are extremely painful and often need to be managed by a professional. However, at the moment of injury, a professional will most likely not be present. So what should you do if someone you know fractures a bone?
The Mayo Clinic recommends that you should immediately:
-Stop any bleeding.
-Immobilize the injured area.
-Apply ice packs to limit swelling and help relieve pain.
-Treat for shock.
These steps are a wise approach to take. You cannot get too caught up in the intensity of the moment. You must keep your awareness and treat the patient until the paramedics arrive. Remember, that it is imperative never to move the patient. Further structural damage can occur (or something even more severe) if you try and move him/her. So please don’t!
After you get out of the hospital, please do not hesitate to contact us at Comprehensive Orthopaedics.
Dr. Rocha has been taking care of patients in the Pensacola area for over six years. His expertise extends from simple fractures to complex injuries and nonunions. In the event of an unfortunate injury, let us help you on the road to recovery.