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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.

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