Fractures

FRACTURES

 

 

Types of fracture

 

Closed Where skin is unbroken

 

Open External would leading to fracture site. The bone may be protruding.

 

 

Treatment for closed fracture

 

Upper limbs:

 

• support in a comfortable position

• arrange transport to hospital according to severity

 

Lower limbs:

 

• do not move unless in imminent danger

• Do not attempt to straighten limbs.

• Call for ambulance

 

 

Treatment for open fracture

 

• DO NOT move the casualty until the injured part is secure unless he is in danger

• DO NOT let the casualty have anything to eat or drink

• If you can, get help to support the limb while you work on the wound

• Secure the dressing and padding, bandage firmly, but not so tightly that the circulation is impeded

• Dial 999 for an ambulance

• Treat for shock

• Check circulation every 10 mins

• Do not touch the exposed bone

• Be careful not to let cotton wool touch the wound

 

 

For open and closed fractures be prepared to treat for shock

 

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Where spinal or neck injury is suspected do not move the casualty unless life is threatened and Keep the head still

 

Call for ambulance and reassure

 

 

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