Playground Accidents

The most common injuries to occur at schools are those on the playgrounds. Kids, being kids, run and slide and trip and fall with reckless abandon. They get cuts and scrapes if they’re lucky, but concussions and broken bones if they’re not. This got dark really quickly.

Broken bones are uncommon at schools in general but do happen and children are more prone to broken bones since they are not fully developed. You’ll probably notice a broken bone easily by the misshapen injured area and it’ll be red and swollen. Your patient is NOT going to want to touch or move it either, and you shouldn’t. In some more severe cases, you’ll see the bone.

After calling emergency services, it is extremely important to keep the injured person from moving unless they are in immediate danger. Next, stop any bleeding that may be occurring by adding pressure and then cover once it’s under control. If a bone is protruding, work around it. Make your patient comfortable while minimizing movement to the injured area. This can include pillows for support or ice packs to reduce pain and swelling. But don’t let your patient eat or drink anything in case surgery is required. 

Because you are likely not a doctor, never try to straighten broken bones. If you have the training, you’ll want to splint and support the area above and below the fracture. Preferably with wide bandages, wrap the joints above and below the fracture before securing a splint along the limb. Make sure the splint is padded for comfort. From there, your patient will naturally hold a broken arm in the most comfortable position, so use a sling to help them support it there. Check to make sure your bandages are tight but not cutting off circulation every fifteen minutes. Your doctors can take it from here.

Hopefully your kid stays safe at school during this new term. Going to class the next day with a cast is probably not that fun.

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