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Fracture of the forearm and wrist: Its first aid treatment

Radius and ulna, the bones of the forearm may be fractured across their shafts by a heavy blow. These fractures are often compound because the bones have little fleshy covering. The commonest fracture around the wrist is a Colles fracture, usually caused by fall on the outstretched hand. It produces fork deformity of the forearm and hand.

First Aid

  1. Place the forearm at right angles to the upper arm, and place it across the chest, the palm over the chest and the thumb facing upwards.
  2. Roll a magazine or folded newspaper around the forearm and hand.
  3. Apply one bandage above the fracture and the over wrist.
  4. Support the limb by a broad arm sling.

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