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How could a paramedic deal with a compound shin fracture?

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Sean Baskin
Emergency Medicine
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In brief: Stabilization

If the skin is intact, the pre-hospital treatment for any extremity fracture is stabilization.
Ambulances typically carry either padded-board splints and/or vacuum splints; which can be used to prevent the leg from moving and causing further injury. If the skin is broken, the leg is immobilized in a similar fashion with care given to control bleeding. Pain medication may also be given as needed.

In brief: Stabilization

If the skin is intact, the pre-hospital treatment for any extremity fracture is stabilization.
Ambulances typically carry either padded-board splints and/or vacuum splints; which can be used to prevent the leg from moving and causing further injury. If the skin is broken, the leg is immobilized in a similar fashion with care given to control bleeding. Pain medication may also be given as needed.
Sean Baskin
Sean Baskin
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Dr. Barry Waldman
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
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In brief: Splinting

All fractures should be kept immobized until more definitive care can be obtained.

In brief: Splinting

All fractures should be kept immobized until more definitive care can be obtained.
Dr. Barry Waldman
Dr. Barry Waldman
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