Basic first aid measures for broken bones
Posted on April 9, 2015 3:09 pm under Pedestrian Accident
A major trauma or injury that has resulted in a fracture or broken bone is considered a medical emergency. If you see someone with a broken bone right after an injurious accident, seek medical attention immediately and, if you feel comfortable, perform these first aid measures while waiting for professional help:
- Any bleeding should be stopped by applying direct pressure to the wound.
- Avoid movement of the injured extremity by applying a splint. If bones are not aligned or are protruding, do not try to realign them, as you may cause further damage.
- Ice packs can be used to relieve pain. Wrap the ice in a clean towel to avoid burning the skin.
- Watch for symptoms of shock or dangerously low blood pressure. If the victim feels very weak and is taking short breaths, lay the person down with his or her head slightly lower than the rest of the body. You may also elevate the legs if they have not been affected by the accident.
Each year, pedestrian accidents account for many cases of fractures in the country. To learn more about filing for legal action after being hurt by a negligent party in a pedestrian accident, speak with a Milwaukee-based lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling (414) 271-0900 today.