Not only this, a broken bone could also have damaged blood vessels, which can lead to dangerous blood loss.
If another person is at fault for the injury, the helper or the victim should note the circumstances of the injury and might later contact a personal injury lawyer like Ottawa law firm Zuber & Brioux Law Offices.
Here are three things to do before the ambulance arrives:
A Broken Wrist Or Arm
In this case, the person’s arm should be supported in a sling. A triangular bandage should be put between the person’s arm and his or her chest. The front of the bandage should be pulled up over the arm and a square knot should be tied just above the collar bone on the person’s uninjured side. However, if the elbow is broken, the helper should wrap padding around the elbow and secure the injured arm to the body with triangular bandages. The victim’s pulse should be checked at the wrist to make sure that the bandage isn’t too tight.
A Broken Leg
A broken leg bone is one of those fractures that can lead to the rupture of a major artery or vein. In that case, the person’s leg needs to be immobilized. The victim should be laid down and the joint of the leg supported both below and above the break. While waiting for an ambulance, the helper can place a rolled up blanket or coat alongside the patient to keep him or her still. If it looks like it will be a while till the ambulance comes, the broken leg should be splinted to the uninjured leg. Bandages should be wrapped around the knees, the ankles or the pelvis if the bone is broken at the thigh. Padding should be placed between the legs and then the bandages should be tied.
The jaw will need to be secured with a bandage tied around the jaw and over the head, where a square knot should be tied. Cold packs should be applied to the jaw to keep down the swelling. If the patient’s bleeding, the blood should be allowed to flow freely from the patient’s mouth.
These treatments stabilize the patient until he or she is seen by a medical professional. They can hasten the person’s healing from the injury and in many cases can save their life.