A broken bone, or a fracture, is a medical emergency so you should get the person to a hospital as soon as possible. However, in the meantime, there are some things you can do to ease their discomfort. First, apply pressure to the wound to stop any bleeding. Use a clean cloth or a sterile bandage to do this and ensure that your hands are clean before treating broken bones to stop bacteria from entering the wound. Don’t try to move any bones back into place, instead apply ice wrapped in a cloth or towel to relieve the pain and swelling. If you are trained in how to apply a splint, wrap splint materials in padding or towels to make them more comfortable. Apply a splint above and below the area of the fracture.
If the person appears to be in shock, lay them down on their back with their legs elevated slightly. If the bones that is broken appears to be in the neck, head or in the back, call for emergency help immediately. You should also call an ambulance if the bone has pierced through the skin, a limb, finger or toe is turning blue (lack of blood supply), or the limb appears deformed. In addition, if there appears to be extreme pain, the patient is unconscious or unresponsive or there is extremely heavy bleeding, you should contact the emergency services.
Potential accidents or injuries
After treating broken bones, you should ensure that the cause of the injury is removed from the near vicinity. For example, if a person has fallen over an object, or if they have slipped on wet flooring. Also, ensure that there are no other hazards in the area to avoid another accident or injury. Broken bones can happen from falling from height, falling down stairwells, slipping on wet floors or tripping and falling on hard flooring or concrete. They can happen in the street, in a play area, or even in the workplace.
Should you or someone you know have suffered a slip, trip or fall which has resulted in a fracture, you may have to think about how it could have been prevented. Should there have been someone else at fault, you may be able to claim compensation for your injury. Call Accident Advice Helpline on our free 24-hour helpline to obtain no-obligation advice regarding your accident.