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Languages: English

First Aid - Broken Bones and Dislocations

Training Time: 16 minutes

Broken and dislocated bones are a common injury in all walks of life, including at the workplace. By following safe work practices, properly guarding hazards, and wearing appropriate PPE, these injuries can be avoided. However, in some cases, broken bones will still occur. In this course you’ll learn some different types of broken bones and dislocations and how to provide first aid for them. You’ll also get some guidelines for when it’s necessary to summon emergency medical assistance to transport the person for additional medical care after first aid is provided.

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Bones can be broken in many different ways, including a straight break, a diagonal break, a crushing break, when the bone is broken into many pieces or fragments, and when bones are driven together and crushed

Bones can be broken in many different ways, including a straight break, a diagonal break, a crushing break, when the bone is broken into many pieces or fragments, and when bones are driven together and crushed

A splint can be an effective way to stop a person from moving a broken body part

A splint can be an effective way to stop a person from moving a broken body part

For a broken rib, place padding over the broken rib and secure the padding in place with two cravats For a broken rib, place padding over the broken rib and secure the padding in place with two cravats (tied on side of the chest opposite the broken rib)

For a broken rib, place padding over the broken rib and secure the padding in place with two cravats (tied on side of the chest opposite the broken rib)

Learning Objectives

  • Explain what a broken bone is
  • List some symptoms of broken bones
  • Explain when to arrange for emergency medical transport for a person with a broken bone
  • Explain how to provide first aid for a broken bone
  • List some symptoms of a fractured rib
  • Explain how to provide first aid for a fractured rib
  • Explain what a dislocation is
  • Explain how to provide first aid for a dislocation
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First Aid - Broken Bones and Dislocations FAQs

What is a broken bone?
A broken bone, also called a fracture, is a general term used to describe a bone that’s been exposed to some type of force that has changed its natural shape.

What is a fracture?
A fracture is another term for a broken bone.

What is a dislocation?
A dislocation is a bone that has come out of the joint it’s normally within.

What is a splint?
A splint is something that can be tied along a wounded area with a broken bone, such as a leg, to immobilize the area.

Is medical care beyond first aid necessary for all broken bones?
If a person has a broken bone, they should receive first aid and additional medical care. However, it’s not always necessary to summon medical care to transport the person; in many cases, emergency medical transport is not necessary.

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