The season is changing but, your need to protect yourself from breaking a bone is not. Are you going to be in Kansas City, or traveling, and planning on going skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, etc...in the near future? Us too! When you do, we would like to offer tips for preventing broken bones and, just in case, how to care for a broken bone injury.
BONE INJURY PREVENTION
BROKEN BONE CARE
Should a broken bone happen Medline Plus offers the following steps for care:
Check Blood Circulation
Check the person's blood circulation. Press firmly over the skin beyond the fracture site. (For example, if the fracture is in the leg, press the foot). It should blanch white and then "pink up" in about two seconds. Signs that circulation is inadequate include pale or blue skin, numbness or tingling, and loss of pulse.
If circulation is poor and trained personnel are NOT quickly available, try to realign the limb into a normal resting position. This will reduce swelling, pain, and damage to the tissue from lack of blood.
Place a dry, clean cloth over the wound to dress it. If the bleeding continues, apply direct pressure to the site of bleeding. DO NOT apply a tourniquet to the extremity to stop bleeding unless it is life-threating.
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