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Broken Bone (fracture)

Military Handbooks: The Plattsburg Manual Advanced Training

The next injury you must know is a broken bone. You will usually know

when an arm or leg is broken by the way the arm or leg is held, for the

wounded man loses control over the limb. Suppose your comrade breaks his

leg or arm. What would you do? Straighten the limb gently, pulling upon

the end of it quietly and firmly so that the two ends of the broken bone

will not overlap. Next, retain the limb in its straightened position by

such splints and other material as the boot of a carbine, a piece of

board, a piece of tin gutter. Pad the material you use. Tie it to the

broken limb as shown in the following illustrations. Never place a

bandage over the fracture. See Illustration.