You may have a broken a bone if:
- You heard a “snap” or a grinding noise during the injury
- There is swelling, bruising, tenderness, or a feeling of “pins and needles”
- It’s painful to bear weight on the injured area or to move it
What to Do:
- Remove clothing from the injured part.
- Apply a cold compress or ice pack wrapped in cloth.
- Place a splint on the injured part by:
Keeping the injured limb in the position you find it
Placing soft padding around the injured part
Placing something firm ( like a board or rolled-up newspapers) next to the
injured part, making sure it’s long enough to go past the joints above and below
Keeping the splint in place with first-aid tape
- Seek medical care immediately
- Do not move the patient – and call for emergency medical care – if
- The patient may have seriously injured the head, neck, or back
- A broken bone comes through the skin (apply constant pressure with a clean gauze pad or thick cloth, and keep the patient lying down until help arrives: do not wash the wound or push in any part of the bone that is sticking out)
Prevent injuries: use safety gates at bedroom doors and at the top and bottom of any stairs for toddlers, make sure children playing sports always wear helmets and safety gear, and use car seats or seatbelts at all ages.