Wilderness: Fractures or Dislocations (cont.)
When to Seek Medical Care
- Seek medical treatment as soon as possible following a fracture or dislocation.
- Seek immediate medical attention if a fracture or dislocation penetrates the skin, if the extremity feels cold, or if pulse or sensation decreases.
- Seek prompt medical attention for elbow, knee, and hip dislocations because nerve damage may occur.
- Consult a doctor about treatment with available medications.
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
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