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You should understand first aid treatment for a broken bone

| Apr 7, 2017 | Workplace Injuries

If you suffer any type of injury on the job, there are two things you need to do:

— Receive first aid treatment

— Inform your employer

When you take these two steps, you can feel better about your current situation as well as what the future will bring.

There is no denying the fact that a broken bone can cause quite a bit of pain and discomfort. While it’s best to let a medical professional diagnose and treat your injury, there are some things you can do immediately following the injury:

— Stop any bleeding. This is best done by applying pressure to the wound.

— Immobilize the injured area. This doesn’t mean you should attempt to realign the bone. Instead, keep the area as still as possible until help arrives.

— Apply ice. This can help with both pain and swelling.

— Watch for signs of shock. Depending on the severity of the injury, a person with a broken bone could go into shock. Signs include rapid breathing and dizziness.

It doesn’t matter if you work on your feet all day or at a desk, you never know when you could be involved in an accident. If you suffer a broken bone, don’t hesitate to receive treatment.

Once you have a better idea of what caused the accident and the type of treatment you require, you may find that you’re in position to file a workers’ compensation claim. With this, you can receive compensation until you are able to return to work. As a result, you can lessen the financial impact of your injury.

Source: Mayo Clinic, “Fractures (broken bones): First aid,” accessed April 07, 2017

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