First Aid Training - Fractures


Complete or incomplete break or a crack in a bone due to an excessive amount of force.

Recognition and treatment

Step 1 of 3: Look for

  • Swelling
  • Unnatural range of movement
  • Immobility
  • Grating noise or feeling
  • Deformity
  • Loss of strength
  • Shock
  • Twisting
  • Shortening or bending of a limb.

Step 2 of 3: Support and immobilise

  • Support the injured limb
  • Immobilise the affected part.

Step 3 of 3: Call for help

  • Dial 999 or 112 for an ambulance
  • Treat for shock

More information about fractures

A fracture may cause other internal injuries.

In addition to the treatment above, if the fractured bone ruptures the skin, treat for an object in wound.

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