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Fracture of collarbone: Its cause, diagnose and first aid treatment

The clavicle fractures due to fall the outstretched hand or on the tip of the shoulder.

It is diagnosed by the presence of the following:

  1. Pain and tenderness at the site of injury increased by movement of the upper limb.
  2. Reluctance of the victim to move the limb on the injured side.
  3. He may be found to be supporting the arm on the injured side at the elbow to relieve pain.

First Aid

  1. Place the victim in sitting position, with the limb on the injured side across the chest, the fingertips reaching the opposite shoulder.
  2. Place a pad of gauze or cloth between the arm and on that side.
  3. Support the limb in an elevation sling (see the chapter on bandages).
  4. Shift him to a hospital.

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