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    Broken Arm Treatment

    Call 911 if:

    • The person is seriously injured
    • You suspect an injury to the person’s head, neck, or back
    • Bone is sticking out of the skin
    • Bleeding doesn't stop after several minutes of firm pressure
    • Blood spurts from the wound

    • The person is seriously injured
    • You suspect an injury to the person’s head, neck, or back
    • Bone is sticking out of the skin
    • Bleeding doesn't stop after several minutes of firm pressure
    • Blood spurts from the wound

    1. Stop the Bleeding if Necessary

    • Apply firm pressure to the wound area with a clean cloth until bleeding stops.
    • If bone is pushing through skin, do not touch it or try to put it back in place.

    2. Reduce Swelling

    • Apply ice.
    • Elevate the arm above the heart, if possible.

    3. Immobilize Arm

    For less serious injuries:

    • Cut away the sleeve if it cannot be removed without moving the injured arm.
    • If you can without moving the arm, carefully tape it to rolled-up newspaper or a ruler with first aid tape.

    4. See a Health Care Provider Immediately

    5. Follow Up

    • The health care provider will likely take X-rays and may apply a cast or splint.
    • Surgery may be needed to reset the bone or realign broken pieces.
    • A bone that has broken through the skin will require cleaning and possibly surgery.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on January 23, 2016

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