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First aid for a
broken bone

Watch the video, in which Mrs Delaney is treated for a broken bone.

Use the information below the video to remind yourself how to help someone who has a broken bone.


Encourage the person to support the injury with their hand, or use a cushion or items of clothing to prevent unnecessary movement.

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Supporting the injury may give pain relief and prevent further damage.


As soon as possible, call 999 or get someone else to do it.

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Make sure the injury is supported until help arrives.


Continue supporting the injury until help arrives.

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Send us your stories

We love to hear from people who have stepped forward to help in a first aid emergency. If you have a first aid story that you'd be happy to share, please email including your name, telephone number and some brief details about what happened. The British Red Cross will only use your information to contact you about your first aid story.

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