Broken Bones

Any break in bone is called a fracture. If you think a person may have a fracture, treat it as though it were 1. Otherwise, you may cause further injury. For example, if an arm or leg is injured and bleeding, splint it as well as bandage it.

With any fracture, first look for bleeding and control it. Keep the patient comfortably warm and quiet, preferably lying down. If you have an ice bag, apply it to the fracture and ease the pain. Do not move the patient (unless his life is in danger) without first applying a splint or otherwise immobilizing the fracture site and the joint above and below the fracture site. Treat the patient for shock.