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What can be done to treat a broken hand right away?

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Here's how you can treat a broken hand right away:

If the person's hand is numb or cold, or the skin under the fingernails is blue, do not move the hand or arm. Otherwise:

  • Have the person bend the arm at the elbow.
  • Do not try to straighten the hand if it is bent or deformed.
  • Tie a splint on the lower arm with fabric or elastic bandages. Cardboard, rolled-up newspaper, or other stiff material can be used as a splint.
  • Make a sling and place the person's arm in it. Tie the sling around their neck.

From: Broken Hand Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

University of California San Francisco Medical Center: "Hand and Wrist Fractures."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Hand Fractures."

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: "Hand Fractures."

Broken Hand Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 29, 2018

SOURCES:

University of California San Francisco Medical Center: "Hand and Wrist Fractures."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Hand Fractures."

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: "Hand Fractures."

Broken Hand Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 29, 2018

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