First Aid Tips: Dislocations
Based on a module
by Fred Mednick from the Connexions website’s Health Education
Introduction by Dr. Don Rose, Writer, Life Alert
Continuing our ongoing series on First Aid Tips, this article provides a quick overview
of what to do if someone dislocates a part of their body.
The most common dislocations occur in the shoulder, elbow, finger, or thumb.
If you or someone with you notices that a part of the body does not feel or look
normal, LOOK FOR THESE POTENTIAL SIGNS:
- deformed appearance
- pain and/or tenderness
- possible discoloration of the affected
If a dislocation is suspected:
- Apply a splint to the joint to keep
it from moving.
- Try to keep the joint elevated to
slow blood flow to the area
- A doctor should be contacted to
have the bone set back into its socket.
If you dislocate a part of your body, are by yourself, and are experiencing extreme
pain or unusual bodily appearance in that body part, call 911. If you are not near
a phone, cannot get to a phone or cannot punch in the numbers, you can still get
immediate help if you are a member of Life Alert; simply press your pendant to get
in touch with live dispatchers within seconds, 24/7. They can send help to you,
which will arrive in a matter of minutes. Life Alert members who are not home can
also use a special one-button 911 cellphone (an optional Life Alert feature). If
you don’t currently have Life Alert, see below for links to information on
this invaluable service.
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