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[Creole for Medical Care – Guide for non-Creole-speaking medical personal]
A fracture is a broken or cracked bone.
Signs that a bone is fractured are:
- Pain and tenderness.
- Difficulty in moving and breathing.
- Swelling or bruising.
- Discoloration of the skin.
A Simple Fracture does NOT pierce through the skin. If it is not cared for properly, it could become a compound fracture.
A Compound Fracture pierces the skin. Serious bleeding may occur with this kind of wound. Do not apply pressure to a compound fracture to stop the bleeding.
- Treat any bleeding.
- Move the victim as little as possible. (Movement may further displace broken bones and damage organs).
- Cover an open wound with a clean dressing.
- For firmer support, secure the injured part to a sound part of a body.
- Fractured arms should always be supported against the body with a sling and a bandage, if needed.
- Give nothing to eat or drink, because a general anaesthetic may be used when the bones are set and eating may cause vomiting.
- Keep the person warm and watch for signs of shock.
- Contact a Doctor immediately.