A fracture is a crack or break in a bone, usually caused by excessive amounts of force – it could be caused by a variety of different situations or accidents. When assessing whether someone has suffered a fracture, there are a number of tell-tale signs to look out for:
- Unnatural range of movement
- Grating noise/feeling
- Loss of strength
Other internal injuries may be present as well as the fracture. When treating fractures, you should take steps to support the injured limb and immobilise it, such as putting the person’s arm in a sling. They may need to be treated for shock or other wounds. Call 999 and explain what has happened. Make sure you keep the casualty warm and comfortable, loosen tight clothing and cover them with a jacket or a blanket. Help them to lie down if possible, and elevate their legs, provided they have not suffered a fracture to the leg. Those treating fractures should continue to monitor the casualty’s pulse and breathing until an ambulance arrives.
Have you suffered a fracture?
Fractures can occur in a variety of different situations, and the help available to you may differ depending on how your fracture occurred. Here are a few examples of accidents which could cause a fracture:
- Slip, trip or fall
- Fall from height
- Accident at work
- Car accident
- Injured on public transport
- Struck by a heavy object or another person
If you are injured at work or somewhere first aid is available, you should be assisted by other members of staff until help arrives. Sometimes, even the most well-meaning people can actually cause more harm than good, and if you have received first aid that has gone wrong and left you injured, you may be able to claim compensation.
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