Broken Bones by ert554898

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									Working with Fractures




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Working with Fractures




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Open Fracture
                In an open
                fracture, the
                broken bone is so
                far displaced that
                it breaks, or
                nearly breaks, the
                skin.
                Infection is a risk
                with open
                fractures because
                of the open
                wound.


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Closed Fracture
                  In a closed fracture, the
                  broken bone is not displaced
                  as far, so it does not break
                  the skin.
                  Closed fractures are harder
                  to diagnose, especially when
                  they occur near a joint. Ankle
                  fractures can look very much
                  like sprains.
                  When in doubt, treat injuries
                  like that as breaks.



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Suspect a fracture or dislocation if:
    Gentle pressure causes pain
    The limb or joint appears deformed
    The joint is swollen and extremely painful
    You see bruising of joint or limb
    The patient is unable to move the injured part
    End of bone has pierced the skin

                              Any time you suspect a
                            fracture, you should treat it
                                   as a fracture!


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          Treatment of Fractures
   Control Bleeding
   Treat for shock
   Immobilize the injured
    area
   If you have have training
    in splinting ok to splint.
   DO NOT TRY TO
    REALIGN THE BONE
   Apply ice packs to help
    with swelling and pain




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                Detached Limbs
   Preserve the limb
   Keep it as cold as
    possible




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