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First aid training in the workplace, Fractures

The importance of first aid training in conjunction with fractured bones cannot be overstated. With the right knowledge and skill set, first aid trainers can save lives and prevent the need for costly medical treatment, ensuring the best possible outcome for the patient’s recovery.


Fractures occur when the bone breaks due to high force applied on the body. Although they can happen as a result of a traumatic incident such as a car accident or fall, they can also be caused by overuse, or due to underlying undiagnosed medical conditions. Regardless of the cause, fractures can be a critical medical condition and must be assessed and treated promptly in order to limit further complication.


At the first stage of the accident, it’s important that the first aider can immediately identify and assess a fracture and provide prompt medical attention. By following the ABCs of first aid—Airway, Breathing and Circulation—the first aider will provide the necessary steps to ensure oxygenation and minimise further harm to the patient.


Following the assessment, it’s essential that the first aider has the necessary knowledge and skills to administer the correct treatment. This may include immobilising the affected area, checking for signs of shock and elevating the wound to reduce swelling and pain. This can be achieved through the help of gauze and the correct

technique.


In addition to stabilising the area in the most effective way, first aiders should be aware of the need to use first aid items such as bandages, non-adhesive dressings and ice packs, again while following guidelines and regulations to ensure patient safety.


Finally, it’s important to provide psychological support and reassurance to the patient. This is especially important in cases where the cause of the fracture is not immediately clear. For example, if the cause of the fracture is due to an underlying medical condition, first aiders should provide education and understanding to the patient to reduce anxiety and reassure the patient regarding their care.


Although fractures can be a daunting medical situation, the importance of first aid training in identifying, stabilising and treating a fracture should not be underestimated. Through guidance, education and providing the correct support, first aiders can ensure that these patients receive the best possible outcome

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