A closed fracture is still in the skin. An open fracture has broken the skin and you may be able to see the bone.
Lots of people have suffered broken bones whether it be a finger, arm, leg or toe.
Bones fracture as a result of: Direct force or Indirect force
Can you explain the difference between an open and closed fracture?
Should you move a fracture?
No. We should keep the fracture still, preventing any further damage.
The only time you would move a limb is if its fingers or collar bone. We elevate the limb by placing the arm across the chest reducing blood flow to the fingers and weight barring on the collar bone. ( Only if safe to do so)
Whats an easy way to remember how to treat a broken bone?
Support, Immobilise and Protect
Common causes include:
Direct or indirect force
Heavy object falling onto a limb
- Pain at the site of the injury
- Loss of power
- Unnatural movement
- Difficulty moving the limb
- Tenderness and possible signs of shock
- Immobilise and support the injured limb in the most comfortable position for the casualty.
- This may or may not involve the use of slings & bandages.
- Treat the casualty for shock (or its prevention)
- Call 999 / 112 for an ambulance.