First Aid for Elders with Fractures

In an emergency involving a fracture in an older adult, approach the situation with a cool head and follow these first aid procedures:

  • Call 911 and request emergency transportation to Highland’s Geriatric Fracture Center.
  • Apply ice to the site of the fracture.
  • Keep the patient lying down and as still as possible. Cover to keep warm.
  • If there is bleeding, place a clean cloth or hand over the wound and apply gentle pressure to stop the bleeding.
  • Do not move the patient unless he or she is in danger of further injury at that location.
  • Do not attempt to re-align a broken bone yourself.
  • Do not provide the patient with foods or fluids by mouth. This may delay administration of a general anesthetic when emergency surgery is required.
  • When the patient is moved, make sure that a splint is used to immobilize the injury.
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