12) Set A Bone
When you break a bone, its always best to seek medical help if available. But if it isn’t, “setting the bone might just be the only way to save that arm or leg”. So if you want to know how to set a broken bone, read on.
- Assess The Break – Not all breaks need “setting”, but some do. If the bone has broken through the skin, don’t bother setting it, just immobilize it and keep it from moving to avoid further injury. The book specifically mentions that “transverse, oblique, or impacted” might need setting.
- Check For Blood Flow – “Press on the skin below the fracture site. The skin should turn white and then quickly return to pink”. If you feel like your skin is numb or tingling, or it appears pale or blue, you’ve probably lost circulation. In order to restore blood flow you need to set the bone.
- Put It In Place – Carefully pull both side of the break in opposite directions. This should realign the bone. Do not try to push the bone into place or you could end up causing more harm than good.
Just talking about this kinda makes my stomach uneasy. My dad was in a motorcycle accident back in 09′ if I remember correctly. I was in the hospital when the surgeon came in to examine his leg fracture. It was awful. I really don’t know that I would have the strength or willpower to set a bone in real life. Not unless it was a life or death situation.
Have you ever set a bone? Set your friend’s bone? Or are you in medical school and setting bones is something you do in your sleep? Let me know in the comments.
The information contained in this post is a combination of my own opinion and information provided in the book Urban Survival Guide by Rich Johnson. This is not intended to be used for medical instruction. If you have an injury and are able, please refer to your doctor before conducting anything like this. And as always, subscribe so you don’t miss the remaining tips!