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When should you call 911 about a broken arm?

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  • 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

From: Broken Arm Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Broken Arm."

KidsHealth: "Broken Bones" and "Broken Bones Instruction Sheet."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Casts and Splints."

Broken Arm Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 17, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Broken Arm."

KidsHealth: "Broken Bones" and "Broken Bones Instruction Sheet."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Casts and Splints."

Broken Arm Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 17, 2018

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