Below are some tips for treating emergency conditions until you can get help. Print out this page and keep it handy. If you have any questions, call us. Our emergency trained staff will be happy to help.
- Apply direct pressure on the wound with a clean cloth.
- Keep pressure on and elevate the limb above the heart unless the limb is broken.
- Bandage firmly, but not tightly.
- If the bone is visible through the skin or if there is a cut over a possible break, cover the area with a clean cloth.
- Immobilize the limb as it lies by creating a splint. You can use a rolled up newspaper or towel, magazine, wood or a pillow.
- If the collar bone, shoulder or elbow is affected, place the arm in a sling and tie it to the person's body. Put an icepack over the break, but not directly on the skin.
- If the arm or wrist is affected, put it in a splint and tie it securely to the person's body. Put an icepack over the break, but not directly on the skin.
- If the leg is affected, splint the leg and put an icepack over the break on a cloth, not directly on the skin.
- If the ankle or foot is affected, splint the ankle or foot with a pillow and securely tie it. Place an icepack over the break, not directly on the skin. Avoid walking or weight bearing on affected extremity.