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how do you stabilize broken bones on way to er?

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Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Luanswered
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Splinting: Anything long and stiff can be made into a splint to hold broken bones stable. Books, brooms, and cardboard boxes have all been used. Sometimes it is just as easy to leave the bones in place and not move it at all. Splinting should also be done without moving the current position of the broken bone, even if it looks odd. In some cases, straightening can cause damage.
Dr. Rahul Banerjee
Orthopedic Surgery 22 years experience
Stabilize bone?: The best way is to apply some type of a splint. Commercially available splints can be found in medical supply stores, but simple household items such as boards, sticks, and ropes can be used to fashion a splint to help stabilize broken bones on the way to the hospital.

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