Top 10 Coronavirus Tips for Broken Bones Emergencies
Just because we are focusing on the coronavirus crisis does not mean that we have become immune to bone fractures. In fact, with most people at home, chances of one suffering from a broken bone, particularly kids when playing during this social-distancing period are likely to have increased as per discussions on the same over at frontlineer.com. This article should therefore be of great help as it will look to highlight the top 10 coronavirus tips for broken bones.
Know when to call 911
As is revealed in discussions on this topic over at frontlineer.com, not all broken bones are born the same, and there are those that are more serious than others. Therefore, the first tip when dealing with broken bones in the current coronavirus situation is knowing the signs that indicate a serious fracture. These include bone protruding through the skin, heavy bleeding, visible deformation, numbness or turning blue of the effected part as well as the area where you have suffered the broken bone, with broken hips and broken bones in the neck, head or back always being an emergency. In such a situation, you should call 911 immediately.
Remember, the ER is safe
Most people are afraid of ERs and hospitals as they fear they could be exposed to and infected with COVID-19. However, as our next tip, it is important to point out that ERs and hospitals are following strict procedures designed keep patients safe and protected from exposure to the coronavirus. You should therefore not be afraid to call 911 to be taken to the ER if you have suffered a broken bone during the current coronavirus pandemic.
Don’t play doctor
Another temptation in the current coronavirus crisis, as revealed in discussions over at frontlineer.com, is to try and handle injuries on your own at home. This is highly discouraged, particularly when dealing with cases of broken bones. Do not try to re-align the extremity where the bone has been broken on your own as improper handling of the injury could cause serious complications, including infections which are to be avoided.
When in doubt, call your doctor
If you are unsure of how to proceed after having suffered a broken bone emergency, then you should call your doctor for medical advice. As per discussions on the same over at frontlineer.com, most practitioners are providing telemedicine services which allow them to attend to their patients virtually, keeping them protected from the virus. You should therefore not be afraid to call your doctor, as they will only recommend that you come in if you absolutely need to be seen.
Call 911, don’t take yourself to the ER
While it may be impossible to take your self to the ER after having suffered a broken bone, you should also ensure that you don’t have a friend or family member take you either. As per the gurus over at frontlineer.com, the proper thing to do is to call 911 and have an ambulance dispatched to your location so that it can take you to the ER. This will ensure that the chances of you or a loved one being exposed to the virus are reduced, ensuring that you receive treatment while also protecting you from the coronavirus.
If you or someone in your household has the coronavirus, make sure this information is disclosed
Just because you have the coronavirus doesn’t make you immune from bone breaks, and that is a why as another tip by the gurus over at frontlineer.com, you should make sure you disclose this to the paramedics when you call 911 so that they can take the necessary precautions when attending to you. Also do the same if you are not positive, but there is a person self-isolating in your house as a result of being coronavirus positive so they can also take precautions as well.
Follow the instructions given by your doctor if you have been treated through telemedicine
In order to avoid the spread of the coronavirus, many orthopedic specialists are conducting their services through telemedicine technology, as covered in detail over at frontlineer.com. This is because, there are certain cases of broken bones that don’t necessarily need one to come in for treatment, like certain cases of shoulder fractures. Therefore, as an important tip when dealing with broken bone emergencies in the current coronavirus crisis, if you are given instructions to treat you fracture at home, like say rest you’re the affected limb, make sure you do so to the letter, to avoid any complications.
Have only one person come pick you after your procedure
If you have been attended to in the ER for s broken bone, and are to be discharged to recuperate at home, make sure that you only have one person come pick you up as per the gurus over at frontlineer.com. Avoid the situation where a number of your friends and family come to pick you up, or even visit you, as this will only increase their risk of exposure to the virus.
Avoid any contact with those in your house self-isolating due to COVID-19
If, at the time of suffering the broken bone emergency, the only person in the house with you is the person self-isolating due to having tested positive for the virus, make sure that they call someone to come and help you with first aid rather than attending to you themselves as this will only serve to expose you to the virus, as per the subject matter experts over at frontlineer.com.
Conduct follow-up appointments virtually
Treatment for broken bone emergencies usually involves a number of follow-up appointments to check if the bone is healing properly. As tip due to the coronavirus pandemic, you should have your doctor conduct these sessions virtually through telemedicine. This will ensure that your doctor is able to check if your broken bone is healing well while at the same time keeping you protected from the virus.
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