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FRACTURES





Category: Accidents, Emergencies and Poisons

They are simply broken bones or cartilage, usually applied
popularly to a broken bone.

Varieties. Simple fracture means a break of the bone only.

Compound fracture is where the broken bone sticks out through the skin.

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Comminuted is where the bone is broken into small parts.

Impacted is where one part of the broken bone is driven into the other
part.

Green stick break. This is not really a break, but only a bending of the
bone, seen mostly in children.

Bandages for fractures can be made of muslin. They should be six to eight
to twelve yards long for large bones.

Width. For a finger one inch.
For arm or head two and one-half inches.
For the leg three to four inches.
For the body six to eight inches.

An old sheet can be used and the ends of the strips sewed together and
then wrapped tight in a roll, with the ravelings from the sides removed.
The bandage should be started from the end of the limb, wrapped towards
the body. They should not be wrapped so tightly as to shut off
circulation,





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