Hip and thigh injuries--first aid guide

Fracture to the hip and thigh bones.

  • Pain at the site of injury
  • Inability to walk.
  • Signs of shock.
  • Shortening of the leg.
  • Immobilize the lower limb.
  • Urgent transfer to hospital.
Steps in administering aid
  • Put on gloves.
  • Help the casualty to lie down.
  • If possible, ask a helper to gently steady and support the injured limb.
  • Gently straighten the casualty’s lower leg. If necessary, apply traction at the ankle to help straighten the leg.
  • Call for help.
  • If ambulance is expected to arrive soon, keep the leg supported in the same position until the ambulance arrives.
  • If the ambulance is not expected to arrive soon, immobilize the leg by splinting it to the uninjured one.
  • Gently bring the uninjured limb alongside the injured one.
  • Position bandages at the ankles and feet, then the knees, add bandages above and below the fracture site.
  • Insert soft padding between the legs to prevent the bony parts from rubbing against each other, then tie the bandages on the uninjured side.
On any matter relating to your health or well-being, please check with an appropriate health professional.
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