There is hardly a man in this world who has not suffered a fractured bone in his lifetime.
During her recent tour to Jodhpur, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fractured her wrist after slipping in the bathtub at the five-star resort where she was staying.
On a serious note, you must know these first aid tips to help a person with a fractured bone:
1. See if its bleeding from the fracture. In that case, elevate the wound, put some pressure on the wound using a sterile bandage, a clean cloth, or a clean piece of clothing.
2. If you suspect someone has broken a bone, immediately immobilize the injured part. Use a splint or sling.
3. Apply ice to the suspected fractured area to prevent swelling. The ice-pack should be applied at least for 20 minutes.
4. Help them overcome the initial shock. Reassure them, help them to a comfortable position.
5. If the patient is dizzy or breathing too slow/fast, lay the person, keep his legs elevated.
6. Call the doctor. If he takes time to visit the patient, or you need some time to take the person to his chamber, ask him if any medicine needs to be administered immediately. He might prescribe a first aid anti-inflammatory pill.
7. Shift the patient to emergency unit of an hospital at the earliest.
8. Once the fractured bone is plastered, supplement the patient’s diet with enough calories that he will need to repair the broken bone. According to La Opinión, a badly broken bone needs at least 6,000 calories a day to heal.
9. Make sure the patient gets his required dose of calcium, Vitamin D3 and lysine – the three most important components for bone repair.
10. It’s understood that certain fractures need the patient to remain completely immobile. But if it’s a fracture that allows the patient move without the fear of displacing the plaster, make sure the patient does that. it will regulate the blood flow and speed up the healing process.
Sreya is based in Kolkata. She is a Senior Editor of Big Wire.