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Broken Elbow (cont.)

Broken Elbow Treatment

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Broken Elbow Self-Care at Home

People should seek medical attention if they think their elbow is broken. There is no home care for a broken elbow. Call for emergency help if the injury is severe.

While seeking medical attention, there are some first aid tips that are important to remember.

  • Cover an open wound with a clean bandage. If the patient is bleeding, apply firm pressure to the area bleeding, and if possible, raise their arm above their heart and call for help.
  • Apply an ice pack or cool compress to the swollen area.
  • Transporting a person with a suspected broken elbow requires immobilization the fracture as much as possible. Even a cardboard box, cut to the right size and shape, can be used as a splint.
  • Do not attempt to straighten a broken bone. Allow a doctor or trained medical person attempt to straighten the elbow.
  • Do not attempt to push a broken bone back into place if it is sticking out of the skin. Adjusting an arm that appears deformed may worsen the damage to bones or other structures within the elbow.

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